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Technology in the Classroom

Assistive Technology

Cambridge School takes pride in its ongoing commitment to providing students with the technological tools to help them thrive in a world of continual change.

Technology that Supports Learning

Cambridge School strives to provide assistive technology for students to facilitate the learning process. We are careful to implement technology that has been proven to assist students, especially those with language-based learning differences. It is our goal to support student learning by creating interactive, constructive, and purposeful lessons. These lessons are broadened by the use of assistive technology when appropriate. Technology does not take the place of multi-sensory learning but serves as another modality to aid in student understanding.

How Cambridge Uses Technology

All Cambridge students have access to Google Chromebooks and laptop computers that can be integrated into every area of the curriculum. Also, SMART Boards™ have been a mainstay in every academic classroom since 2004.

In Lower School, students primarily use Chromebooks due to their ease of use, their quick start-up time, the availability of powerful Chrome extensions, and the fact that all student work is saved in the cloud — eliminating the need to remember where documents are saved.

In Middle School, students use personal iPads. With apps available for interactive textbooks, assignment planning, note taking, and powerful assistive technologies, iPads are a tool that can be customized to support each student’s learning style. All academic apps required for school are provided by Cambridge School.

In Upper School, where students need a more powerful processor than the iPads or Chromebooks offer, students bring a personal laptop to school. They have the option of bringing either a PC or a Mac depending on their preference. This approach allows them to transition to a device similar to the one that they will use in college — preparing them for higher education with confidence in the use of technology.

Google Apps for Education

At Cambridge, Google Apps for Education is used to support student learning. The implementation of Google Apps for Education represents a major step towards developing 21st-century skills. These tools support higher levels of collaboration, a skill that is increasingly needed in today’s connected world. Google Apps for Education also gives students anytime, anywhere access to their work so students can easily access their files from home. Collaboration is an integral component of Google Apps for Education as well, allowing students to work together and get real-time feedback from their teachers. With these tools, student instruction can be personalized to help students gain information and technology literacy.