Wildwood students use technology to program robots, create comic strips, edit their own movies, develop podcasts, and design sophisticated multi-media presentations. They develop a comfort with technology, understanding that it is an evolving tool that integrates into their coursework and their lives.
In elementary school, computer work begins in kindergarten. All classes have open access to our technology center, which is staffed by two tech experts and houses dozens of iMac computers. Each classroom is outfitted with computers, and the library has computer workstations linked to the technology center. SmartBoards further expose students to technology in relevant and interactive ways.
Elementary students execute projects using a variety of programs including Kid Pix, Media Blender, Inspiration, Graph Club, the iLife suite, and Google Earth. They develop typing skills and become proficient with Word and PowerPoint. In 5th grade, students create a major research project that includes sourcing and evaluating data from the Web.
In middle and upper school, students continue to hone computer skills and explore new programs. They manipulate media using iPhoto and iMovie, edit their work with Final Cut Pro, and develop podcasts with GarageBand. A student team creates the yearbook using an online application. Math students use Geometer's Sketchpad, and highly technical programs are employed in the study of physics.
Middle and upper school students bring their own laptops and also have ready access to school laptops; the ratio of student-to-computer is one-to-four. Our media lab offers iMac computer stations and laptops, and the library houses iMac workstations. Two full-time tech experts are available to assist students and staff.
At both our campuses, students have access to Wildwood's server, allowing them to store and access work from home or school.