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Computer Science & Educational Technology

Computer Science

Girls working at laptops in the LibraryThe goal of the Computer Science program is to empower our students to not only be consumers of technology, but to also be creators of technology. We also strive to educate our students to recognize the importance of understanding the ethical and moral implications of creating and using technology. Therefore, we offer an array of courses to achieve these goals.

In the Middle School, students are assigned by grade to technology classes that use class-based and cross-curricular technology projects to hone their skills in Google applications, graphic and website design. They are also introduced to computer programming in JavaScript, HTML, CSS and Python. 

In the Upper School, students learn and employ new software programs and applications as needed for individual class assignments. They also complete the Introduction to Computer Science course and have the opportunity to take both an Engineering and Design course and higher level computer science courses, such as Software Engineering and AP Computer Science A.

Coding opens up a part of our brain that we don't usually use. Even if we do not end up going into computer science, it broadens our horizons. We can apply this way of thinking to our lives, and become more successful. O. Winchenbaugh '21

Educational Technology

students working at ClearTouch boardNewton Country Day is entering its third decade as a school that supports wireless learning and fosters student exploration and development via computer and online technologies. Students and faculty employ technology across the curriculum to explore new worlds and new disciplines, to organize and analyze data, to create and manipulate images and video, and to work collaboratively across the classroom and across countries. Above all, girls are trained to use technology creatively, ethically, and toward productive educational goals.

The School fosters student skills and faculty mastery and innovation through continued investment in equipment for faculty and classrooms as well as ongoing professional development.

In order to promote a culture of innovation and the development of a range of twenty-first century skills, the Academic Technology Team consults with faculty to encourage and guide meaningful technology integration in the curriculum. The team also provides support and education to students outside of class and in addition to their course work. Faculty integrate technology into their curricula using course websites and blogs, interactive formative assessment tools, extensive use of Gmail, and collaborative tools such as Google Apps for Education.