As quickly as the digital world is changing around us, the skill sets needed to succeed in the twenty-first century are evolving with it. At Grymes we seek to integrate technology into the curriculum at all grade levels so that students can navigate the changing digital landscape thoughtfully as they grow in the age of lightning quick information.
Grymes seeks to empower students in the act of learning by providing a wide variety of resources that enhance and enrich exploration, discovery and joyful learning.
Not only do all teachers have a Smartboard at their fingertips to enhance classroom learning, but every class has access to classroom iPads, a laptop cart and a computer lab for skill instruction, word processing and creative projects. In weekly technology class, lower school students learn essential skills such as:
- word processing
- the use of spreadsheets to organize data
- internet research
- website creation
- basic computer coding
- image manipulation and green screen technology
- graphic representation
Starting in the sixth grade, students enjoy one-to-one technology. School-issued iPads for sixth graders and Chromebooks for seventh and eighth graders are used along with Google Apps for Education and Google Classroom. Caring for technological devices, managing online assignments, using cloud-based documents and learning internet safety and digital citizenship are all essential components to technology instruction at the Upper School level.
Love of Reading
As deliberate as our focus on technology is, we have not left the act of turning a page behind. Our library serves as a warm and welcoming media center that invites storytelling, exploration and – most importantly – curling up with a book. Our library program seeks to impart an appreciation for and greater understanding of literature, as students build the skills needed to search for, evaluate and use information effectively.
A weekly trip to the library offers students the opportunity to enjoy storytelling, explore the bookshelves and read for pleasure independently, and check out their own books to take home.