Computer Science and Technology
At Alverno Lower School, we believe it is important for children to have access to digital tools to support their career and creative aspirations. From TK to 8th grade, our students are given the opportunity to work in our computer lab, learning new skills such as typing, word processing, collaboration, problem-solving, and coding. Computer science is very important to the success of our students in a digital, interconnected world. Computer science is a discrete academic discipline but is also embedded in virtually every area of academic study since the use of computer technologies, data and digital storytelling have become essential skills in most disciplines. Additionally, computer technology has become an important tool in creative expression, supporting an exponential growth in the ability of artists, including musicians, gamers, and filmmakers, to self-publish and to collaborate with people from around the world.
Along with a state-of-the-art computer lab Alverno Heights Academy offers a 1:1 iPad program in K-8th grade. The power and flexibility of the iPad give students the freedom to explore and express new ideas whenever and wherever inspiration strikes. Built-in and managed apps and intuitive software create an incredibly personal learning experience for each student — one that can be as unique as they are. iPads allow for differentiated instruction & an individualized pace for learning. Teachers can provide differentiated instruction for students based on all sorts of indicators like reading level, student’s strengths, and student’s weaknesses. Additionally, students can go at their own pace in learning without worry. If they need to devote more time to an online assignment, they don’t have to rush to finish so they can hand off their device to another student.