Technology in the Classroom
The Ethel Walker School is committed to helping its students develop the skills and literacies to thrive in the digital age. To this end, we ensure that every student has access to the technology resources and learning opportunities necessary for her to become adept at researching, analyzing, problem solving, creating, communicating, and collaborating using a variety of tools and media. The design of the school's network, curriculum, and faculty development programs reflect our commitment to providing Walker's girls with the highest quality education for the 21st century.
Walker's has a 1:1 iPad program. Learning with iPads, and all the resources to which they connect, help students develop the capacities and fluencies they will need to thrive as digital citizens. Unlike print textbooks, which use a fixed medium, the flexibility of digital media on a portable tablet like the iPad, assists teachers in connecting students to resources that best suit their learning styles, pace, and potential.
High-speed wireless Internet access is available throughout our campus. Members of Walker's community may connect to the school's network via their personal computer, SmartPhone, or any of the computers in the school's computer labs or dorms. Classrooms are networked and equipped with projectors and sound systems, enabling faculty to integrate technology into class activities and create environments conducive to student presentations. Several classrooms also have interactive whiteboards that can foster collaboration, enhance student engagement, and digitally capture a teacher's lesson for later review by students. We also offer access to an advanced multimedia editing lab, where students and faculty may create digital projects.
Through our curriculum, students gain the opportunity to develop media literacy and learn about responsible digital citizenship. Students explore the many opportunities for learning and advancement on the web while closely examining the potential pitfalls of certain online activities.
Ethel Walker students may enroll in a computer science course in which they will strengthen their computational thinking by studying computer hardware, software, and programming. By 2013, the School aims to offer the Advanced Placement Computer Science course.
Finally, faculty and staff regularly participate in professional development activities on and off campus, as well as online, in order to expand their skill sets and grow as 21st century educators and leaders.
By blending its valued academic traditions with the best of innovation, Walker's offers a rigorous, engaging learning environment from which graduates emerge prepared for the changes, challenges, and opportunities that they will encounter in the future.