Technology at Yavneh
In the minds of today’s students, technology is not a subject to be learned, but rather the means through which they can achieve their curricular goals. Technology at Yavneh Academy is used as a tool to enhance the learning experience. The use of technology as an effective teaching and learning tool is a key curricular and instructional focus that is exciting and engaging to both students and faculty.
Our students have available to them an extensive array of tools including iMacs, MacBooks, iPads, iPods, PC’s, SmartBoards, Eno Boards, AlphaSmarts, and digital and video cameras.
Yavneh Academy is a Google School, using Google Apps from grade three and up. Google Apps is a free suite of hosted email and collaboration applications available exclusively for schools and universities. This includes Gmail, Calendar, Documents, Sites, and Groups. Each student from grade three and up is provided with his or her own email address. They are taught how to use Google Drive to create cloud-based documents that can be shared with teachers or fellow students, allowing for collaboration. These documents are accessible wherever there is Internet access, allowing for easier transition between school and home. As the students become more comfortable with Google Apps, they expand their Google portfolios to include documents, spreadsheets, slideshows, and even Google Sites, a website creator.
One of the most important skills of the 21st century is digital literacy. At Yavneh Academy, students are taught how to safely surf the Internet, as well as how to evaluate the veracity of a website.
Many of our Middle School students opt to use their own personal devices while in school. This allows students to learn personal responsibility, while enhancing their classroom experience with their own familiar tools.
In Yavneh Academy, use of technology is a dynamic rather than static discipline. As technology evolves, so do the experiences provided our children.
Some examples are:
- Digital storytelling
- Digital citizenship
- Web-enabled reading and reading-readiness software
- Web-enabled keyboarding tutor
- Green screen technology
- Video editing
- Animated video creation
- Photo editing
- Collaborative learning with students in Israel
- Distance learning
- Apple collaboration including field trip to Apple Store
- Online presentation tools
Professional development is an intricate part of Yavneh Academy’s mission. Our staff attends workshops, seminars, webinars, and other enhancing opportunities, to ensure that our school continues to provide the tools and skills necessary for our students to succeed in the future.
Presently, our teachers are taking part in a Connected Learner Experience- a community of practice where one can connect with and learn from educators from around the world. Innovations will be born, our teachers will become co-learners, co-leaders, and co-constructors of knowledge. Together, this community of educators will continue to learn how to meet the needs of the 21st Century learner.