Academics

Technology

Our goal is to graduate technologically literate 21st century leaders who capably balance their human creativity with the efficiency and precision of current technologies.  We continually invest in technology infrastructure and computer resources to ensure our students have anytime, anywhere access to the world supporting authentic and engaging experiences both in the classroom and beyond.

Preschool teachers use iPads in the classrooms, as appropriate, to enhance the learning experience. Both preschool and elementary school students have access to a state-of-the art multimedia computer lab designed specifically for younger grades, and a laptop cart is regularly used for work in individual elementary classrooms.  Our middle school is home to an innovative, technology-rich 1:1 program.  Each student has their own touchscreen laptop which they use in all academic classes. The middle school is also home to a high-end multimedia computer lab outfitted with professional graphic design software and movie editing tools. Middle school faculty work closely with students to create an environment where students and teachers alike use technology to enhance learning and support curricular goals.

Curriculum

Technology classes for students in all grades foster development of the 21st century skills enabling them to take full advantage of the learning opportunities technology tools present.

Preschool

In the preschool students begin to develop 21st century skills through a variety of experiences. While we do not believe daily computer use to be developmentally appropriate, students are exposed to computers on a limited basis and visit the computer lab once per week. Weekly visits to the computer lab build familiarity with basic terms such as “monitor,” “keyboard,” “click,” “power on/off”, and “log on/off,” preparing students for technology use later in their academic careers. In the regular classroom, iPads and other technology tools support and enhance everyday learning. For example, in addition to painting, writing in sand, and building with clay teachers might use iPads as an additional strategy for teaching letter and number recognition, using an app where students “draw” the letters on the screen with their fingers.

Elementary School

In the elementary school students attend technology classes weekly to systematically build an understanding of computer concepts and skills such as keyboarding, file management, navigation, troubleshooting, and digital media creation in fun and engaging ways.  Students study digital citizenship topics such as internet safety and digital copyright rules using Common Sense Media's extensive curriculum. The technology skills they learn in the lab directly enhance and support academic endeavors in the regular classroom.  For example, students might use laptops in their Spanish class to write and email letters to pen pals abroad following an initial introduction via Skype.

Middle School

Our middle grades technology program is comprised of experiences within the core academic subjects supported by unique offerings in our Exploratory program.  In the regular classroom, our 1:1 environment allows students to use their own touchscreen laptop to authentically engage in full-powered learning every day. Teachers invite students to examine their views on technology's place in the classroom and the modern world, think about the advantages and limitations of computers, and organize their own thinking when making choices about which tools to use or not use for various academic endeavors.  While sometimes a computer and Adobe Creative Suite might be the best tool, other times a canvas and paint are more appropriate.

Our Exploratory program provides opportunities for students to “explore” the possibilities of today’s 21st century tools through a wide variety of elective offerings in the fields of graphic design, computer science and programming, and digital filmmaking. Recent offerings have included courses in video game programming, robotics, green screen, Claymation, graphic design concepts, digital textile design, and typography. In addition to Exploratory electives, all middle school students also participate in a trimester-long code class.

Common Sense Digital Citizenship: Certified School

Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized Boulder Country Day School as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship: Certified School for educating its students to be safe, smart, and ethical digital citizens.
 
Boulder Country Day has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying.
 
Boulder Country Day has been using Common Sense Education's innovative and research-based digital-citizenship and literacy resources, which were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The resources teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills related to Internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright.

"Becoming a Digital Certified School has empowered our students to be safer on-line as they grow increasingly tech savvy as much younger ages. Learning and using 21st century skills also means being 21st century safe!”
- Stephanie Winiecki, BCD Elementary Technology Instructor
 
To learn more about the criteria required to become a Common Sense Certified School, visit http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/certification.
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Boulder Country Day School, where academic distinction meets education with character. BCD is a top-rated, accredited private school in Boulder, Colorado where every child has the opportunity to discover his or her own unique excellence. Distinguished by small class sizes, outstanding faculty, rigorous curriculum and a focus on community, our preschool, elementary and IB middle school teachers strive to create a well-rounded educational environment that balances traditional subjects with the arts, world languages, athletics and project-based learning.

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