Technology at Wildwood is not seen as a separate subject area but rather as a tool that supports and enriches the curriculum. Students are encouraged to experiment, explore, create, and collaborate. Technology at Wildwood is always changing, growing, and evolving.
Wildwood students use technology to program robots, create comic strips, edit their own movies, develop podcasts, conduct science experiments, participate in citizen-science research projects, and design sophisticated multimedia presentations. They develop a comfort with technology, understanding that it is an evolving tool that integrates into their coursework and their lives.
Our elementary campus is home to Wildwood’s new technology center, the Tec D.E.C. (Discover, Explore, Create). The Tec D.E.C. is no ordinary media lab. It is a creative space where kids explore coding, video production (including green-screen effects), 3-D design and printing, building, and tinkering. Laptops and iPads are available for use in the space and in the classrooms as well.
Elementary students execute projects using a variety of programs including Kid Pix, Media Blender, Inspiration, Graph Club, Green Screen, Stop Motion, Code Bot, and Google Earth. They develop typing skills and become proficient with word processing and presentation software. They develop as filmmakers, creating silent films, and commercials. By 5th grade, using technology is a regular part of the students’ day, helping to prepare them for the transition into middle school.
Middle and Upper Campus
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. Math students use Geometer’s Sketchpad, and highly technical programs are employed in the study of physics.
Middle and upper school students may bring their own laptops to class and/or utilize school laptops available for checkout in the library. In 6th grade, students are required to take a Digital Civilization course. This inquiry-based, hands-on class gets kids thinking about what it means to live a balanced life in the age of smartphones, iPads, and omnipresent connectivity—as well as what it takes to build and program those machines. Students explore devices and hardware, social media and networks, cyber wellness, coding and algorithmic thinking, online learning, and gaming. The goal is to teach mindfulness and critical thinking around technology, as well as give kids the tools to be makers and not just consumers of technology and digital media.
At both our campuses, students have access to Google cloud storage and a host of collaborative apps, allowing them to store and access work from anywhere. Students are also active users of our learning management system, which allows full access to course content, assignments, agendas, and due dates.