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Technology, particularly assistive technology, plays a great role in assisting our students in unlocking their potentials. The goal of our educational technology integrators and coordinators is to help facilitate mastery in any tool that can help a teacher teach or a student learn.
Some students require assistive technology, while others simply benefit from current technologies to support their learning experiences in the classroom. Extensive work goes into helping each of our students develop as digital citizens.
Technology at MMFS serves to enhance our students’ learning as they progress through our program. It also offers them opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and brilliance in ways their disabilities might otherwise prevent them from doing.
In the lower school, students learn about the appropriate use of computers in a highly structured and supervised environment. The middle school brings broader horizons, which means more room for learning and mistakes, as well as more needs for technology to play a substantive role in research and classwork. By upper school, students are using technology throughout the day in every class in a model that mixes 1:1 (school-provided devices for each student) and BYOD (bring your own device).
MMFS students graduate with a clear understanding of how technology can better support their learning needs. They take their next steps with the command of a variety of tools and platforms which will help them succeed in college and life beyond the K–12 classroom.
MMFS uses the following platforms (and many others) heavily throughout the curriculum across all grades:
The focus of technology in the lower school is on assisting students in the learning process and supporting teachers in the classroom.
Each classroom in the lower school is equipped with an interactive whiteboard, and a teacher amplification system. Teachers employ a wide variety of curriculum enrichment websites, such as IXL and Brainpop, for work both in and out of the classroom. Mobile laptop carts enable students to access technology when they need it. Fine/gross motor sensory therapists are on hand to teach typing and computing skills.
An Educational Technology Coordinator develops technology strategies, applications, and supports for teachers and students. We continue to develop our specialized assistive technology programs with a particular focus on Chromebook and tablet programs.