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Digital Literacy

How do schools best use technology to enhance learning? How can parents balance media in ways that support a child’s development? Increasingly, people look to Waldorf education for answers.

We offer a highly considered approach that incorporates the right technology at the right time. Here learning is based on human interaction rather than the latest devices in the marketplace. Most importantly, we work in partnership with parents, many from the tech industry, to help children develop creative intelligence and flexibility in thinking for life. 

How does this look through the years?

Early Childhood

Teacher Dagmar Eisele leads children in a kindergarten circle
Young children learn through imitation, imagination, movement, play. Teachers tell beautiful stories with complex vocabulary and sentence structure. Children are unencumbered by the passive consumption of fixed media images, which scientific research confirms are difficult to process and can hinder learning.

Grade School

Media-free classrooms are places of human connection and experiential, creative lessons. Middle schoolers are introduced to digital literacy, exploring questions of online behavior, information resources, and social citizenship. Families agree upon class community guidelines for the introduction of technology.

High School

Students use technological tools for learning and creation, and teachers cultivate critical thinking through discussion-based seminars and inquiry-based exploration. There is a media center, rotating laptop carts, and cloud-based resources. Phones are turned off to create a space for learning and social connection.