1:1 iPad Program
Technology is Changing the Way Students Learn
At Norfolk Collegiate, our educators are charged with providing traditional and innovative teaching. We believe that technology is changing the way students learn, and with this evolution, one-to-one computing devices are a necessary tool for the 21st century student and teacher.
Today's students have instant access to any fact, idea or interest by pulling an Internet accessible mobile device out of their pockets. Students find and share information, communicate and express themselves creatively online every day. At Norfolk Collegiate, we know that harnessing this interest is key to engaging our students and inspiring them to discover what sparks their intellectual curiosity on a given subject or topic.
In a one-to-one environment, the freedom of each student to explore ideas and to find answers for themselves allows teachers to place student inquiry learning at the center of their curricula. This is why we are also pursuing a school wide movement toward project-based, student-centric learning. We know that a quality 21st century instructional program must engage students in meaningful ways, demand their participation in learning and provide opportunities for them to apply what they have learned.
A Vision for 21st Century Learning
Critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity are accepted as essential skills for 21st century learners and are all supported by the iPad. With its versatility as a provider of content and nimble device for creation of digital media, the possibilities for how an iPad can be used to help solve problems, answer questions and provide collaborative solutions are as varied as the number of students using it.
The iPad is a device that is current, instant and portable. As we step outside the boundaries of traditional classroom spaces with iPads in hand, we also welcome the discussions that will help students become self-aware users of digital media. These questions naturally arise in our classrooms as technology intersects with such issues as ethical behavior, privacy and intellectual property. In fact, inherent in our portrait of a graduate is an individual who has developed the ability to discern motives and biases, right and wrong, even in the sometimes ambiguous world of digital information. We are looking forward to taking this next step in our tradition of innovation at Norfolk Collegiate by connecting students to the world in ways that transform their development as critical thinkers, passionate leaders and connected citizens.