At Lehrman Community Day School we bring technology into the classroom. As you walk through the halls, you will see no computer labs. Instead, you will pass mobile carts filled with iPads, Android tablets and Chromebooks. All of these devices are used by our students throughout the school as tools to enhance their content learning and their skills; students are using technology to learn, not just learning to use technology for its own sake.

Our entire school works in the “cloud,” as we chose to become a Google school. This was driven both by our practical decision to purchase Chromebooks, and by a philosophical commitment.   

Our research into Chromebooks indicated they were not only economically viable, lightweight and easy for students to handle, but the migration to the ‘cloud’ would also provide our students with many exciting learning opportunities.  Utilizing Google in Education, Google Apps for Education and the Chromebook technology enables interactive and collaborative learning for our students. This is social and constructivist learning -- learning as we feel it should be.

Students peer edit and collaborate. This technology engages students and motivates them while they learn writing, communication and technology skills. Our students learn to code, they write and record original stories and poems, and they create presentations of the research they have collected in various dsiciplines. Throughout the year, digital citizenship is emphasized as a basic component of 21st Century Learning.

Our teachers have turned to digital portfolios -- or "e-portfolios" -- for their students using Google Sites. These digital portfolios are used as storage, as workspace and finally as a showcase.  These entries will become each student’s personal collected evidence to demonstrate achievement of selected standards/goals/outcomes. This move to e-portfolios is occurring in schools and colleges nationwide.

We experimented with a one-to-one Chromebook program for our 5th graders, and as a result of its success, we expanded it to include our 4th graders. The lower grades work primarily on iPads and Chromebooks, learning keyboarding skills, working on literacy and quantitative skills through apps and games, as well as beginning word processing skills.

At Lehrman, we never forget that technology is the tool, the teacher is our helper and the student is at the center of the enterprise.

That truly is the Lehrman Difference.

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