Middle School Technology

A hallmark of Durham Academy's Middle School Technology curriculum is its iPad Learning program, which was launched in 2012. The school's commitment to providing students with one-to-one access to Apple notebook computers or mobile devices earned the school recognition as an Apple Distinguished School in 2013 and again in 2015.    

Durham Academy's Technology Department utilizes the very latest digital tools and cutting-edge software to enrich student learning. In 2014 the Middle School partnered with Evernote Business to use its interactive, collaborative platform. Teachers share assignments in a publicly shared Evernote Notebook which parents can join. With a sync, students and parents have instant access to the latest assignments and resources on any device.

iPad Learning Program

Middle School students are issued school-owned iPads at the start of the academic year. The iPad enhances learning by placing the technology at the point of learning instead of in a lab setting. Students complete a series of tutorials with the iPad Passport website to introduce and reinforce various aspects of technology and digital citizenry to ensure that all members of our learning community share a common language and expectation for using technology.

The Middle School digital learning coordinator actively works with teachers and students to harness the full power of digital devices on campus to improve learning and efficiency. We believe that our program will help our students develop traits regarding technology use that are safe, agile, and forward-looking.

iPad Learning Program FAQs

 

Information Literacy & Technology Skills 5

The goal of the Middle School information literacy and technology skills curriculum is to scaffold the skills needed to be a literate and technologically competent learner. As students move through the Middle School, they build a portfolio of work that will showcase their growth in learning, goal setting, reflections, and digital literacy. 

In 5th Grade students learn to:

  • Follow an inquiry-based process in seeking information in curricular subjects.
  • Develop a range of questions to frame a search for information.
  • Evaluate information found in selected sources on the basis of accuracy, validity, and appropriateness.
  • Read, view and listen for information in any format in order to make inferences and gather meaning.
  • Organize knowledge so that it is useful.
  • Collaborate with others to broaden and deepen understanding.
  • Use information to make a product.
  • Know how to cite sources and respect the intellectual property rights of creators and producers.
  • Read for pleasure and personal growth.
  • Use information technology responsibly.
  • Determine best technology tool for use for projects, investigations, or simulations.
  • Troubleshoot systems and applications.
  • Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.

Information Literacy & Technology Skills 6

The goal of the Middle School information literacy and technology skills curriculum is to scaffold the skills needed to be a literate and technologically competent learner. As students move through the Middle School, they build a portfolio of work that will showcase their growth in learning, goal setting, reflections, and digital literacy.

In 6th Grade students learn to:

  • Follow an inquiry-based process in seeking information in curricular subjects.
  • Develop a range of questions to frame a search for information.
  • Evaluate information found in selected sources on the basis of accuracy, validity, and appropriateness.
  • Read, view and listen for information in any format in order to make inferences and gather meaning.
  • Organize knowledge so that it is useful.
  • Collaborate with others to broaden and deepen understanding.
  • Use information to make a product.
  • Know how to cite sources and respect the intellectual property rights of creators and producers.
  • Read for pleasure and personal growth.
  • Use information technology responsibly.
  • Determine best technology tool for use for projects, investigations, or simulations.
  • Troubleshoot systems and applications.
  • Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.

Information Literacy & Technology Skills 7

The goal of the Middle School information literacy and technology skills curriculum is to scaffold the skills needed to be a literate and technologically competent learner. As students move through the Middle School, they build a portfolio of work that will showcase their growth in learning, goal setting, reflections, and digital literacy.

In 7th Grade students learn to:

  • Revise and refine search strategies to find accurate and appropriate data to support information needs.
  • Find current data in a variety of formats to support a thesis.
  • Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use, and assess.
  • Use writing and speaking skills to communicate new understandings effectively.
  • Connect understanding to the real world.
  • Collaborate with others to exchange ideas, develop new understandings, make decisions, and solve problems.
  • Know how to cite sources and respect the intellectual property rights of creators and producers.
  • Show an appreciation for literature by electing to read for pleasure and expressing an interest in various literary genres.
  • Use information and technology ethically and responsibly.
  • Determine best technology tool for use for projects, investigations, or simulations.
  • Troubleshoot systems and applications.
  • Plan and manage activities to develop a solution and/or make informed decisions.
  • Use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions to problems.
  • Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.

Information Literacy & Technology Skills 8

The goal of the Middle School information literacy and technology skills curriculum is to scaffold the skills needed to be a literate and technologically competent learner. As students move through the Middle School, they build a portfolio of work that will showcase their growth in learning, goal setting, reflections, and digital literacy.  

In 8th Grade students learn to:

  • Demonstrate confidence and self-direction by making independent choices in the selection of resources and information.
  • Maintain a critical stance by questioning the validity and accuracy of all information.
  • Demonstration adaptability by changing the inquiry focus, questions, resources, or strategies when necessary to achieve success.
  • Display persistence by continuing to pursue information to gain a broad perspective.
  • Use creative and innovative formats to express personal learning.
  • Evaluate own ability to select resources that are engaging and appropriate for personal interests and needs.
  • Use knowledge and information skills to engage in public conversations and debate around issues of common concern.
  • Connect understanding to the real world.
  • Collaborate with others to exchange ideas, develop new understandings, make decisions, and solve problems.
  • Know how to cite sources and respect the intellectual property rights of creators and producers.
  • Show an appreciation for literature by electing to read for pleasure and expressing an interest in various literary genres.
  • Use information and technology ethically and responsibly.
  • Determine best technology tool for use for projects, investigations, or simulations.
  • Troubleshoot systems and applications.
  • Plan and manage activities to develop a solution and/or make informed decisions.
  • Use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions to problems.
  • Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.

Keyboarding

Durham Academy believes that keyboarding has become a basic skill, like using a pencil, that all students leaving the Lower School or entering the Middle School should possess. Students can practice their keyboarding skills from home via the Internet on Typing Agent. We expect that by the end of sixth grade, students will be able to keyboard 35 WPM (words-per-minute) with a 95 percent accuracy rate.
Evernote Partners with Durham Academy
Middle School Technology Faculty

Karl Schaefer
Chair, Computer Science Dept.
Middle School Digital Learning Coordinator

919-489-9118 (x4335)

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