Technology Used in Classrooms at Private Schools

How do private schools incorporate technology in the classroom? What tools work best? Discover how technology in the classroom gives students an edge!

Technology has rapidly changed the landscape of school, home, and office. Nearly everyone has access to smartphones, laptops, and digital media. To keep pace, students must learn how to navigate technology confidently and with proficiency. This article will focus on the use of technology in the private school classroom. We will also answer key questions including:

  • When should students begin to use technology in the classroom?

  • What forms of technology work best?

  • How does technology in the classroom prepare students for college and beyond?

Why Use Technology in the Private-School Classroom?

All students—regardless of age, learning style, and aptitude—can enhance their educational experience with some forms of classroom technology.

Education should be interesting and interactive, not lecture driven, and technology is by nature interactive. It invites participants to wonder, explore, and discover. 

Instruction that is engaging and fun creates a lifelong love of learning. When we talk about “technology”, we mean the tools (computers, SmartBoards, etc.) and the software programs that empower students to learn. As such, technology allows students to: 

  • Learn at their own pace

  • Engage in cooperative learning with peers

  • Solve practical, real-world problems

When Should Students Begin to Use Technology in the Classroom?

Experts agree that children as young as three can benefit from technology when it is accompanied by guided, meaningful human interaction. Setting a child in front of a television is counterproductive because children need to engage with their environment. Technology encourages students to question, experiment, and collaborate. 

Schools that introduce technology in the right way and at the right stages help students of all ages hone their critical thinking skills, develop their creativity, and adapt to new situations. For instance:

  • Young children can build their vocabulary and develop fine motor skills with interactive games that promote reading, writing, counting, and shape recognition. 

  • Elementary school children can make relevant connections across the curricula. For instance, Google Earth can help third graders combine an interest in history with map skills and math concepts as they explore remote parts of the globe. 

  • Middle school students often appreciate more sophisticated technology, such as digital microscopes and world language software. More challenging tools and programs stir their imagination and inspire them to move from “how” to “why”.

  • High school students are more adept with technology. They can use their knowledge to conduct research, post blogs, create interactive art projects, and refine their public speaking skills. Since they are preparing for college, a thorough understanding of technology will help them with college admissions and adjust to life as independent, twenty-first century thinkers.

What Kind of Technology Best Suits the Classroom?

Schools differ in emphasis and resources, and some classes naturally lend themselves to technology more than others. Nevertheless, nearly all classes improve when teachers incorporate technology into the lessons. For instance, truly pioneering schools use technology to help students:

  • Learn basic computer skills with touchscreen tablets and SmartBoards.

  • Trade bulky textbooks for e-readers that store hundreds of printed and audiobooks.

  • Create engaging Keynote, Google, or PowerPoint presentations.

  • Type papers on tablets and laptops, using programs like JoeZoo or Google Classroom, which allow teachers to assess student work and give real-time feedback.

  • Use CAD programs to envision architectural projects and to design 3D objects. 

  • Apply coding tools and computer programming skills to create apps and games, build robots, and solve IT problems.

  • Produce interactive yearbooks that embed school-related videos.

  • Preview instruction and demonstrations online, from sources like the Khan Academy. The flipped classroom model can turn terrific teachers into life-changing mentors.

What Sort of Edge do Tech-Savvy Students Have?

Many of tomorrow’s jobs do not exist today. Accordingly, students must become nimble thinkers. 

  • Most jobs already have a digital component, so students who are already computer literate will be ahead of the curve.

  • Motivated, enthusiastic learners who know how to use technology effectively can impact business, politics, healthcare, education, the military, and other parts of society. In other words, tech-savvy students are more likely to have opportunities to engage and shape their culture.

Why Choose a Private School?

While most public schools use technology in the classroom, the private school experience is different. 

  • The class size is smaller, which means that there is more one-to-one student/teacher interaction.

  • Private schools typically take a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to learning. Instructors do not teach to standardized tests; they honor a larger vision statement that outlines specific academic, social, leadership, and ethical standards. 

  • The top private schools have adequate funding to introduce students to innovative programs that utilize trailblazing technology. Many of these schools have summer classes and internships that prepare students for college, careers, and public service.

Why Choose Marlborough

Marlborough is a private, college-preparatory secondary school for girls in grades 7-12. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, California. Our goal is to ignite intellectual inquiry and to build the problem-solving, creativity, collaboration, and communication skills that our students will need to innovate, invent, and lead in college and beyond.

For instance, Marlborough’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation gives young women a chance to build technology skills in classes that focus on:

  • Media

  • Digital Citizenship

  • Computer Science

  • Robotics and Engineering 

  • Academic Research 

  • STEM + Arts (STEAM)

Our interdisciplinary approach to learning inspired two Marlborough students to create a physics-based animation that played behind dancers performing on stage. It was STEAM at its best! 

Next Steps

If your daughter loves technology and wants a life-changing challenge, call us. We can help unleash her potential.

Want to learn more about the Marlborough experience?

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