The Buckley School utilizes technology to develop boys’ critical-thinking and problem-solving skills through project-based learning, while supporting and enhancing their work in various areas of the school. The necessary skills are taught in subject area classes and during specified computer periods. Each division has a dedicated computer teacher. The Lower School has a dedicated computer lab. In the Middle and Upper Schools, the boys use Chromebooks in a 1:1 setting. This encourages collaboration and provides easy access to all of a student’s work from any computer at home or while he is away. All computers have access to the Internet, which is carefully monitored. All I through IX homerooms, as well as the various science and computer labs, are equipped with interactive projection systems.
LOWER SCHOOL: Technology is used in the homeroom and the the newly redesigned Lower School Technology Lab to enhance the curriculum and for special projects throughout the Lower School. Formal computer Classes begin in Class I. Classes I and II and III boys work in the computer lab once a cycle in half groups for the entire year. The boys begin the year by learning about the different hardware components of a computer and how information passes through them. Next, the boys learn computer skills while working on projects that are integrated with the homeroom curriculum. They are introduced to word processing using the Google Docs, presentation and graphic editing software, Internet research, 3D CAD design, and coding.
UPPER SCHOOL: In the Upper School, students continue to improve their coding and robotic skills, focusing on programming fundamentals and the basics of creating and controlling robots. A variety of physical computing resources are used, including microcomputers, such as Arduinos and Raspberry Pi boards, and 3D printers, used to make custom parts. Emphasis is put on the creative process and thinking about design when both coding and creating autonomous devices.