Gilmour Academy has more than a technology-rich environment for learning - we have a faculty and staff dedicated to finding creative ways to enhance learning. At Gilmour, our students are more than passive consumers of content, they are active creators of original material that extends and augments their learning.
Teachers and students have access to computers in classrooms and labs across campus, from a 1-to-1 computer program in the Lower School to our Digital Audio-Video Production Lab and Studio in the Middle and Upper Schools. Our campus-wide Wi-Fi network makes learning portable and accessible. Gilmour students have taken advantage of our optional BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program for many years, connecting to the Gilmour Wi-Fi for class work and communications while on campus. BYOD is now becoming the formal model of computer use by students, starting with Grade 7 for the 2014-15 school year. Grades 7-9 will join the BYOD program in 2015-16 and all students in grades 7-12 will be part of the program in the 2016-17 school year.
Students at all divisions learn how technology works as well as learn how to use it to find and express their voices. Lower and Middle School students use Lego Robotics programs to gain an understanding of coding and programming. Upper School students expand their understanding of programming and can work towards taking the AP Computer Programming exam. Some Grade 6 students create documentary videos for National History Day. Juniors create digital documentaries in English classes to tell personal or family stories.
Online tools also serve the needs of learners at Gilmour. Moodle, a sophisticated Learning Management System (online classroom space), has been an integral part of the Science Department’s strategy since 2006. It allows teachers to post assignments and resources online for students to access on or off campus. Gilmour adopted Google Apps for the classroom in 2009, making use of the collaborative tools for Senior Project planning, student portfolios, and a collaborative Junior Religion service project.
Our choice and use of technology are deliberate and support student learning and the fulfillment of the Gilmour Mission and Outcomes. Twenty-first century skills are nothing new at Gilmour Academy—they are an extension of our dedication to developing lifelong learners who are adept at adapting to change and willing to cross digital borders.