Practically every aspect of today’s daily life from home to work is filled with technology. It has become an integral part of how we function. Since 2009, Hill School’s 1:1 Technology Initiative has been equipping its students for success in our digital age. Hill School students in grades 7 – 12 utilize Microsoft Surface Pro slate technology at school and home, and students in grades K-6 have access to touch screen laptops during the school day. During this time of social-distancing, our teachers are engaged with the students in remote learning. Our small class sizes make remote learning manageable and provide a way for our students to see and chat with their teachers and friends, not only about academics but about how they’re feeling during this stressful time.
Hill School is a Microsoft School
This digital edge for different learners can level the playing field as a student progresses through the Hill School program, transitions to other settings, or graduates and pursues post-secondary schooling.
our technology goals
- Hill School technology is used by faculty to foster collaboration, develop critical thinking skills, encourage oral and written communication, and provide a framework for global citizenship
- Hill School students are empowered to take charge of their learning through virtual project and problem-based, multi-disciplinary activities.
- Hill School technology integration promotes student engagement and knowledge acquisition, problem solving, and critical thinking computers are almost invisible in support of lesson objectives.
- The benefits of technology can be particularly important to students with learning differences, and research has demonstrated that thoughtfully implemented technology:
- Increases the frequency and quality of assignment completion improves motivation
- Eases frustration with the mechanics of reading, writing, and organization improves overall productivity
One in five students struggles with dyslexia, which can make learning to read frustrating and discouraging. And to further complicate matters, teachers can lose up to 50% of instructional time when trying to use assistive technology. This is what prompted a team of employees to come together for Microsoft’s Hackathon and develop simple tools for OneNote that make reading and writing easier—particularly for students with learning differences.
The result was Microsoft Learning Tools, a set of free tools that are now a part of OneNote, Word, Outlook, OfficeLens, Edge, and beyond. They implement proven techniques to improve reading and writing for people of all abilities. The Immersive Reader tool reduces visual clutter and highlights individual words to help readers, especially those with dyslexia, focus on content instead of constantly decoding. Perhaps best of all, it works across devices and platforms so that it’s accessible to virtually anyone at any time.