Lower School Technology Program
Lower School students have access to a wide collection of technology tools including speech-to-text (dictation), text-to-speech, as well as audio books. Additionally, our students use a variety of web-based programs such as Google Applications (Earth, Docs, Forms, Sites, Sketch-up, Scribe), CAST, Storybird, Edmodo, Timeliner, Prezi, Scratch, and Garage Band, just to name a few. These resources are used to enhance instruction in ways that were never before possible with just a pen and paper.All classrooms are equipped with SMART boards, LCD projectors, and HoverCams which foster an interactive, meaningful learning experience across the curricular areas of reading, writing, math, science and history. SMART boards enable students to work collaboratively on projects ranging from shared notes, to videos, to prezis, which hone their interactive and digital skills.
Lower School students have access to iPads, Kindles, LiveScribe Pens, Learning Ally, and more. We research and select programs that are shown to increase literacy in students with learning differences, such as Don Johnston’s SOLO Suite. This software use is customized for each individual, based on the necessary level of remediation and assistance as determined by the highly skilled and trained professionals at AIM. SOLO Suite can be applied in all grades to assist with organization, note-taking, decoding, and improved writing techniques.
As with our entire technology program, we identify access points for robotics and engineering concepts where they align with our curriculum. Because creativity, innovation, critical thinking, flexibility, and problem solving are among the most important 21st century skills, AIM believes that exposure to this coursework is critical for future success.
The Lower School Makerspace is a designated classroom where students use their creativity to design and create systems and structures to solve problems through hands-on exploration. Equipped with tools and raw materials that support invention, the Makerspace provides the perfect educational space for students who learn best by doing. Using LEGO NXT MindStorms, littleBits, and Simple Machines, students learn the design and programming skills required to enable robots to perform novel and advanced directives.