Today’s children have always lived in a technological world. Our students require and thrive in technology-rich, dynamic learning environments. St. Margaret’s continues to evolve and reimagine learning spaces across our campus and bring leading technology and tools to meet the needs of these digital natives. Our state-of-the-art computing environment and robust wireless infrastructure throughout our 22-acre campus provide students access to robust resources that support their digital literacy and teaching and learning across all disciplines.
The classrooms at St. Margaret’s are modern, technology-enriched learning spaces that allow for heightened connectivity to networks, interactivity among devices in the room, wireless display capabilities, and collaboration among students, teachers and even outside experts relevant to a learning experience. Our professional community has demonstrated a clear ability to rethink pedagogy and curriculum with an aim toward using technology to enhance the learning experience and prepare students for learning and working in the technology world, whether through unique course offerings or enhancing learning in traditional subjects.
St. Margaret’s also recognizes that an increasingly high-tech world means an increased need for education around digital citizenship and responsible use of technology. St. Margaret’s has partnered with multiple organizations around this topic, including The Social Institute and Common Sense Media. Bringing education around technology use into the classroom ensures that our students are empowered to strike a healthy balance with technology and positively portray oneself online in order to be good digital citizens that make the world a better place.
In addition to classroom technology, St. Margaret’s also has innovative classroom labs to further technology-specific education. This includes the iLab as part of the Lower School STEAM Center, a computer science lab in the Middle School, and a computer science and robotics lab in the Library which houses design and fabrication tools and is home to programs such as robotics and esports. St. Margaret’s also has technology carts for educational programming in virtual reality and augmented reality, with educational touchpoints around these tools and makerspaces continuing to expand.
St. Margaret’s students also have a device program where K-8 students are issued school-provided iPads at the beginning of the school year. In this program, every Lower School and Middle School student receive their own iPad, with Middle School students having the privilege to take their device home for homework and studying. Through this program, St. Margaret’s oversees the learning applications downloaded to the device, helping teachers streamline activities and assignments using platforms that all students have.
The Upper School, meanwhile, has a bring-your-own-device model, where students can use a device they may already be comfortable with as an aid for studying and learning.