In the Lower School, students engage in dedicated school technology time, when they learn the importance of digital citizenship, cyber safety, and basic troubleshooting methods. Students are also exposed to age-appropriate technology skills, including keyboarding, word processing, video editing, and animation through a series of interactive projects and activities. In the Middle School, students build on this foundation with regular use of Google Drive and other applications that enhance projects across multiple classes.
In Spring 2020 and in preparation for the 2020-2021 school year, Calvert upgraded its technological profile to include new remote-learning tools and a 1-to-1 device program that enables all students to participate in online learning. As part of this program, the School has issued an iPad or laptop to all Lower and Middle School students for educational use.
In the Lower School, iPad education includes informative games and activities, such as Seesaw, while the Middle School program uses laptops and Google Classroom to share lessons, improve communication between students and teachers, and enhance online offerings. This school laptop and iPad education program allows teachers to be more interactive with the children while enhancing creativity and independent thought.
While Calvert School successfully resumed on-campus learning in Fall 2020, the 1-to-1 device program ensures that Calvert families can transition seamlessly between in-person and virtual learning should the need arise. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, accessible laptop and iPad education has provided the flexibility needed for continued high-quality learning.
Cyber safety and responsible internet behavior are discussed at length during school technology classes and iPad learning. Students are expected to uphold the morals and values of Calvert and the broader community when using school technology.