The Brandeis educational technology program is designed to put the power of technology into the hands of students and teachers while supporting, augmenting, and even redefining the learning that happens in the classroom. Our technology integration specialist focuses on targeting specific curricula areas and developing sound approaches to help make technology use real and meaningful. We have an iPad and MacBook deployment system across the lower and middle schools that allows students and teachers to use devices individually or as part of a larger class setting.
We have a shared iPad and MacBook cart system that enables educational technology learning in up to four lower school classes simultaneously. Beginning the 2015–16 school year, we launched a 1:1 laptop program where students in sixth grade are issued a MacBook Air for use at school and home. Based on the success of this program, we are expanding the 1:1 laptop program—one grade per year—until all middle school students are included in our program for the 2017–18 school year.
A final key component of the Brandeis educational technology program is our ongoing work around the changing role of technology in our students' lives. As a supporter school partner of Common Sense Media, we have begun the conversation with students, teachers, and parents on the subjects of work/play balance, privacy, and online behavior. We have also rolled out new modules for digital citizenship and online leadership as part of our lower and middle school curricula.