STREAM and Technology
At Community School, we are committed to preparing students across divisions to use ever-evolving technology in intelligent, creative, and ethical ways.
Our goal is to provide a foundation of skills and awareness that will inspire students and allow them to be creators, not just consumers of technology.
Students are encouraged to be curious, ask questions, discover, and take intellectual risks.
STREAM (Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Arts & Architecture, and Math) Programming across divisions is focused on building strong skills in inquiry and problem solving through an intentional delivery of educational programs. Teachers work with educational technology faculty to develop learning activities that incorporate technology, engineering, and design thinking. Ideas are then brought to life with hands-on projects such as creating circuits, designing and building robots, programming animations and games, and constructing prototypes. These projects demonstrate and reinforce the principles that students are learning in the classroom.
Community School's Multimedia Lab is cross-divisional, serving as an elective and special program for grades kindergarten through twelve. Whether it be Sun Valley Ski Academy edits, CTV News episodes, Outdoor Leadership Academy Vlog journals, cross-curricular digital enrichments, or KDPI Radio hour, we strive to capture days in the life of Community School, our community at large, our world—and, perhaps most inspiring, in our imaginations. Students become familiar with the multiple stages of film production, the art of crafting stories, and the fundamentals of problem solving.
We understand that digital media and technology is evolving at a rapid pace, bringing with it amazing opportunities as well as real risks for our students. Community School primarily uses Common Sense Media’s curriculum to empower students with knowledge and help them make smart choices. The curriculum centers on eight main categories based on the digital ethics research of Howard Gardner, PhD and The Good Play Project at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Digital Citizenship classes are taught throughout the year in grades kindergarten through eight and are integrated into the Computer Science class curriculum at the Upper School level.
The Swift Family Makers’ Lab, located in Hagenbuch Hall for the Creative Arts and Middle School, provides a space where students in grades kindergarten through twelve can imagine, explore, design, tinker, and innovate. Specifically, the lab offers resources for programming, electronics, robotics, and 3D printing. Throughout the year, students of all ages work in the lab with educational technology staff on projects that include wood and cardboard construction, designing and building circuits and robots, and prototyping with 3D design. At Community School, any student can become a tech specialist.
Having access to the Multimedia Studio and the support of faculty members who understand and support my passion has been really valuable. On the theatre side, having access to a state of the art A/V system has really pushed my passion in this area and has grown my interest. The freedom I am given at the school to pursue my passions is something I don’t think I could find anywhere else.Oliver '18
Community School follows advancements and efficiencies in technology and uses them to improve the student and parent experience with the school. Students use laptops every day for research, presentations, writing, and group projects.
Individual student laptops are a necessity for students. Community School requires that all students in grades six through twelve bring their own laptop to school each day. This allows us to ensure that all students—and teachers—can work efficiently together. Macbooks, PCs, and Chromebooks are all currently used at school with success. We recommend students use any type of current laptop that has a good battery life and updated software.
Understanding that purchasing a laptop can be significant financial commitment, Community School is committed to providing Chromebook loaners for the year to those who demonstrate need.