Technology

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P1230402Students in K-8 attend technology classes in our iMac computer lab. The technology class curriculum is composed of three primary strands: Programming Concepts, Physical Computing, and Engineering and Design.P1230050

Programming Concepts begins with block-based coding in kindergarten and builds toward more sophisticated languages in middle school, like Python and Javascript. The Physical Computing strand explores the intersection of programming and our physical world through interacting with and programming robots. Younger students use Dash and Dot, while older students work with Lego robots, as they are introduced to the First Lego League. Engineering Concepts introduces students to a broad range of topics related to applied physics and design, such as simple machines, electrical circuits, computer aided design, and prototyping.

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Outside of technology class, productivity skills and digital citizenship are taught in authentic academic contexts, allowing students to develop these skills and understandings in a way that is more meaningful to them. Students in grades 3-8 are issued their own Chromebook, which allows them to have ready access to technology whenever the need arises. K-2 student have access to a shared set of iPads.

 

P1230152 P1230435Additionally, we offer a variety of topics in our MS electives class. 3D printing jewelry, Zero Robotics, and Scratch game creation are a few of the recent offerings. Peabody also has a First Lego League team, open to students in grades 4-8, which competes against other schools each fall.