Technology

Software tutorials are available through Atomic Learning!

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Use of technology in the Upper School is essential to enhancing our rigorous curriculum. Each classroom is equipped with SmartBoards™â€”interactive whiteboards that engage students visually and help improve collaboration between students and teachers.

In the Main Computer Lab, teachers hold classes allowing each student access to a computer in order to complete essays, manipulate graphs, or create multimedia presentations. Students may also “drop in” during a free period to do their homework, do research, or check their email.

Computers are found throughout our library providing access to the Internet as well as to the extensive research tools the library provides.  Within the library is the Media Lab which is equipped with laptops for classroom and student use.

Our Classical and World Languages faculty can often be found using the Language Lab which is equipped with 18 student computers and a teacher’s control station. Teachers and students can speak with one another or as a group using the computers’ individual headsets and are able to practice their speaking skills or answer questions simultaneously.

Wireless connectivity is also an important component to our technology program. School laptops, with full access to our network’s resources, are used throughout our math and science departments. Students may also access the Internet on their personal wireless computers throughout the Upper School.

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.