The Technology Department works with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction to administer the Wiss21 Teaching and Learning Initiative designed to incorporate 21st Century teaching and learning in the classroom.
All Wissahickon schools have a variety of technology learning tools that enable the teacher to engage students in new and exciting ways, enhance our students’ learning throughout the curriculum, and allow for collaboration between and among students as well as our professional community. WSD provides laptops to all students in grades 6-12, laptops for teachers, two technology coaches and funding for professional development.
Highlights: Learning with Technology
Technology is a key component of teaching and learning in Wissahickon, from the earliest days of Kindergarten, through the final projects of our WHS Seniors. We know that technology is an essential part of tomorrow's workplace, and we are ensuring that our students have ample opportunity to learn necessary computing skills as well as how to use technology to communicate, collaborate, create, and apply their learning in new ways through technology projects and presentations.
- In order to foster digital literacy, communication, and collaboration, students use our Microsoft 365 platform to publish their writing, present their research or learnings, and work together on PowerPoint, OneNote, and Word documents to apply their learning in new ways.
- In our secondary schools, students use the Schoology Learning Management system and integrated technology tools to manage day-to-day assignments and activites of school.
- To demonstrate their creativity, students have the opportunity to create graphics, presentations, videos, and websites using Canva Pro for Education.
- In order to publish and share their writing or research with their peers, students have created books using Book Creator.
- To foster critical thinking and problem solving, students collaborate using digital tools such as Breakout Edu and Code.org.
- With their STEM Librarians, students solidify all the four Cs - Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity and Communication - as they work through coding challenges with robots such as BeeBots, Ozobots, Spheros, and Lego WeDo as well as using the engineering design process to create original designs and ideas to solve problems.