Computer technology has become an integral part of our daily lives today. Our children use digital media for entertainment and communication. As a school, we feel that we have the responsibility to teach our students how to use digital media appropriately and with academic purpose.
Information Technology Department
Mr. Alex Suero is the Head of the Information Technology Department at GISNY and manages and supports the technology infrastructure at our school. This entails updating and maintaining the school’s network, server, iPads, Smart Boards and projectors, and Chromebooks. In addition, the IT Department assists students and staff with their devices, regular assistance with our BYOD to school classes, and external devices such as, Apple TV and printers. The IT Department also monitors the safety of internet use by implementing internet safety measures through our school network.
Lower School Technology
Students are introduced to technology gradually starting in first grade and progressively learn to use various technology in more in depth ways as they reach fourth grade. Technology use is integrated into lessons through content area subjects, but no formal technology classes are taught. Students in grades 1st to 4th also use iPads and Chromebooks during their lessons to use programs such as, Power Point, Google Documents, educational apps, and conduct internet research. All Lower School classrooms have Smart Boards, iPads and/or Chromebooks, Apple TV, and shared wireless printers. In addition, our Kindergarten and Pre-K classes share and use iPads for special projects and educational programs.
Middle & Upper School Technology
In the Middle School, students expand upon the knowledge and practice they received in the Lower School as technology education becomes more in-depth. Students receive a weekly technology class in fifth grade. Students in grades 5-12 have school email addresses and use the Office 365 online program in their homeroom and content area classes. There are a variety of technological devices within the Middle and Upper Schools such as, Apple TVs and Smart Boards in each classroom and four mobile technology carts with iPads and Chromebooks.
Beginning in 8th grade, students bring their own devices to school. You can learn more about our BYOD Concept in the “8th Grade BYOD Class” section of this webpage. Students in these classes transition from the traditional teaching and learning model to modified electronic learning. Meaning that, students use their preferred device to take notes, create presentations, conduct research, and use online educational materials such as, online textbooks. Students still have certain materials that are “hard copies”, but predominately use technology in this blended learning approach.