Design and Digital Literacy provides students with key technology and design skills that they need to be successful both in and out of the classroom. Students explore the question, “How do designers impact the world around them?” Students learn how to leverage technology to achieve their goals; they also learn how to be responsible digital citizens by using technology in safe, legal and ethical ways. Digital Literacy focuses on learning how to use technology as a tool for productivity, with a focus on construction, design, thinking, communication, and collaboration. The Design and Digital Literacy curriculum is based on the International Society for Technology in Education Student Standards, as well as the Design Process (Find, Define, Ideate, Make, Evaluate). In grades 4 - 6, students participate in a Digital Literacy Badging program where students learn discrete skills that they can apply both in school and at home. By the end of grade four, students will be able to identify different types of environments, describe ways in which designers can positively and negatively impact the environments around them, apply their knowledge of the relationship between designers and their environments to ideate and design solutions to a problem, and construct, test, and evaluate their solutions.
Each Lower School student has access to a Chromebook for use in all classes throughout the day, and students use a range of Google Education tools, including Gmail, Google Classroom, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Drawings, Sites, Jamboard, and Keep. Students also participate in activities that utilize tools including Seesaw, Adobe Spark, Common Sense Media, and a range of coding and keyboarding practice applications.