There are few, if any, fields as dynamic as the field of technology. But change doesn’t have to be the only constant. At Hawken, we organize our use of technology around clear, broad themes that remain relevant even as particular tools and technologies emerge, evolve, and evaporate. Our approach thoughtfully balances stable ideas and principles with the flexibility to capitalize on an ever-widening stream of possibilities. 

The following core values guide our use of technology at all divisions:
• Technology is in the hands of our students 
• We emphasize producing over receiving information
 Our use of technology:
• Feels natural and integrated into other subjects
• Promotes student engagement and creativity
• Helps us to better understand our learners
• Is woven into the fabric of our school culture

While these principles guide our school-wide technology trajectory, we believe many of the design choices (hardware, software, skills of focus) are much better made at each division of the school. The way we use technology should be matched appropriately to developmental needs.

Grades 6-8
By the middle grades, students are ready to begin to coordinate the different components of their academic lives. They are developing awareness of themselves as students and of the types of tools available to optimize learning. Because we are teaching organizational skills as well as specific technological skills in these grades, our Middle School program assumes a more uniform character. Every Middle School student uses a specific model of tablet computer (a computer that allows the user to write and draw on its screen), which travels to and from home. This is known as a “one-to-one program,” as every student has a computer. At this developmental stage, students are ready to take advantage of the precision of the stylus to draw, comment and mark materials interactively. This is also the right time to dive more deeply into specific models of technology use as students are ready to work more holistically. They are learning methods for acquiring knowledge that transcend specific subject areas. As a result, our students at this level are steeped in the use of tablet computers and Microsoft OneNote as an academic organizer. We want them to experience what it means to use a single system completely so they will be in a better position to identify and master similar systems later.
An independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school, toddler through grade 12

Lower & Middle Schools, 5000 Clubside Rd, Lyndhurst, OH 44124
Birchwood School of Hawken, 4400 West 140th Street, Cleveland, OH 44135 

Upper School, PO Box 8002 (12465 County Line Rd), Gates Mills, OH 44040
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