Newton 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 the Middle School, girls are assigned by grade to technology classes that use class-based and cross-curricular technology projects to hone their skills in graphic design, animation, 3-D modeling, computer programming and Lego® robotics. In the Upper School, students learn and employ new software programs and applications as needed for individual class assignments. They are also offered the opportunity to learn introductory engineering and computer programming skills through two separate courses, a Science department course offering, Introduction to Engineering and a junior/senior elective, Introduction to Computer Science.
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 and Skype.
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