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Digital Citizenship is a daily conversation. Learn more on our blog: Reflections on a Digital World


Learn about how iPads are used at Lower School:

 iPad and Learning Adventures at Lower School


The Lower School Idea Lab is a place to learn about technology and to use technology to further our learning. Technology is integrated into the classroom experience using 1-to-1 iPads in Kindergarten through 4th Grade. 

Our goal when using any form of technology with students is that it enhance the learning experience and that it offers new ways to communicate, collaborate, and create. We use Epson Brightlink Whiteboards in all classrooms both for teaching and as an interactive experience for the students. Learning to use digital still and video cameras and work with images is an important component of the program.

Just-in-Time Digital Citizenship lessons take place throughout the year. Our goal is to look ahead to what might be potential concerns before activities are introduced and hold discussions or create active learning experiences around those issues in advance of the lessons. This sets up a cultures of responsible use, respect for classmates, and a continuous awareness of the positive (or negative) role technology can play in our lives.


Student Links and Activities

Safe Search:

2nd Grade Links:

Research Links for Chesapeake Animals 

Mayan Links:

Living Maya Time 

Maya Calendar Converter 

Food and Perspective Links:

Minimum Wage Workers 

Maryland Minimum Wage 

Hourly Worker Information 

Chesapeake Bay Links: 

Chesapeake Bay Field Guide 

Creatures of the Chesapeake Bay 

Field to Plate Guide 

Chesapeake Flow Path 

Hard Bargain Farm 

Native American Studies

Infinity of Nations - Culture Quest 

Tribe Official Pages

When you visit an official tribe home page, please keep in mind that it is designed mainly to serve the people who belong to that nation.  It is a very powerful experience to navigate a home page and see the people today, with their government, social services, education initiatives, social gatherings, business enterprises, etc.  Many official pages also include some historical and cultural information for the general public.

Go to this site just for the photos and captions-life today

National Museum of the American Indian (shows artifacts in the collection)

Tribes list

When you click on the tribe’s name, you get a long list of resources worth exploring, such as illustrated vocabulary, translation of children’s books, maps, recipes, etc.  The “Ad Choices” buttons are commercial sponsors, and not necessarily good sources.


Official Page of the Cherokee Nation

Official Page of the Eastern Band of Cherokee

Cherokee, North Carolina

Cherokee Facts for Kids  (written by a Cherokee tribe member)


Official Page of two Sioux Nations

            Standing Rock


   (find Sakakawea!)

            Cheyenne River



 Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center

 Sioux Facts for Kids


Official Page of the Hopi Tribe (relevant for present time only)

Northern Arizona University site

A non-profit that serves the Hopi

Hopi Facts for Kids


Official Page of the Tlingit and Haida Tribes (no tabs, scroll down until you find a heading related to your topic)

Tlingit Facts for Kids


3rd Grade Project:

Other Links

Our Vision

The Sidwell Friends School Vision for Technology was developed with the belief that the proper use of technology can add immeasurably to the learning experience of each student, improve student achievement, facilitate teaching and learning, and reinforce the school's commitment to the environment.  We encourage our students to use technology in ways, consistent with the ethical and moral standards of the School and the larger community, that underscore the words contained in the Sidwell Friends School Philosophy. In particular, we believe that the appropriate use of technology can enhance the "rich and rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum," provide ways for our students "to stimulate creative inquiry, intellectual achievement and independent thinking in a world increasingly without borders.