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?
Imitation, imagination, movement, play, and exploration - that's how young children learn best. 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.
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.
Students use technological tools for learning and creation, and teachers cultivate critical thinking through discussion-based seminars and inquiry-based exploration. There is media center, rotating laptop cart, and cloud-based access to resources. Phones are turned off during school to create a space for learning and social connection.