A Look at Technology at GDS
We educate Georgetown Day School students to be confident users of academic technology tools and respectful digital world citizens, even in the fast-paced world of technology development and change. GDS students and teachers at all levels use technology tools to support learning and teaching, and technology is integrated into the curriculum in each course and at each grade level. We welcome technology changes that help us become better learners and more effective teachers.
At GDS we have computers in classrooms, technology labs, and mobile laptop labs. Our students use the GDS Online Classroom for home/school communication and begin to use e-mail in the fifth grade. GDS teachers have access to cutting-edge technology, including laptops and Promethean boards, and plenty of professional development. All teachers are supported by enthusiastic technology faculty members who keep track of the curriculum and help with new projects and ideas.
Our programs also include three to five technology seminars offered for GDS parents each year. In the spring of 2011 parents participated in the first online technology course, on blogging.
This site includes information that members of the GDS community can use to expand their technology knowledge and skill. We have provided links, sample documents, a few tutorials, and other information on the linked password-protected pages. Please contact a member of the tech team with your ideas or suggestions.
... a Few of Our Favorite Educational Links
|Start your research here.|
|Collections of digitized resources from the LOC collection. The site includes this day in history and ask a librarian features.|
|A site with podcasts on grammar. The Grammar Girl is clever with words and gives examples that are easy to remember. You can listen at the site or download.|
|The Merriam Webster reference site has several dictionaries, including a medical dictionary,as well as a thesaurus. The site also includes a word-of-the-day feature and daily podcasts that can be downloaded.|
|One of the good reference tools that not only includes a dictionary, thesaurus, word games, crossword puzzles, and more.|
|A digital library or games and activities containing Java applets and activities for K-12 mathematics|
The official First In Math site: the foremost online math resource for grades K to 8 and beyond! The First In Math® Online Program is a proven curriculum supplement that solidifies basic mathematics skills. GDS Lower School students should speak with Mary Lou about their passwords.
|HowStuffWorks explains hundreds of subjects, from car engines to lock-picking to ESP, using clear language and tons of illustrations. The site also has podcasts that can be downloaded.|
|Here are the 20 most popular science websites ranked by a combination of continually updated traffic statistics.|
|The Astronomical Society of the Pacific is an international nonprofit scientific and educational organization founded in 1889 that works to increase understanding and appreciation of astronomy.|
|NASA.gov brings you images, videos and interactive features from the unique perspective of America's space agency.|
|HubbleSite is filled with information and images from the Hubble Space Telescope. Here you can find supporting materials, along with tools and resources.|
|Explore the ocean, the weather, the earth, and more.|
|Stories in English and Spanish. Listen to interactive children's stories and play with online activities and games.|
|Games, resources, and more for kids and parents.|
|Games, stories, activities, videos, and more about geography and National Georgraphic topics.|
|Enjoy great stories and thousands of hand-selected and relevant pictures, slide-shows, videos, audio-clips, documents and other primary sources, all linked. Great for fun or for assignments.|
|Ben's Guide, based at the Government Printing Office, provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers. These resources teach how our government works, the use of the primary source materials|
Technology Podcasts: Listen and Learn More
|The GDS community can learn more about technology @ GDS.|