In the computer science department, students learn how to not only use a computer to solve problems, but program them to solve problems. Peek inside any of our labs or classrooms, and you will see students fully engaged with technology. Digital cameras, laptops, scanners, robots, digital microscopes, microphones, and even iPods are used daily to familiarize our students with how technology can be applied across multiple disciplines.
In the early years, students quickly learn to be proficient in the use of computer applications and take advantage of the Internet as a learning tool. Netbooks and SmartBoards have become an integral part of the Lower School curriculum in every subject area. Through the Middle School and Upper School years, students start to engage in true computer science and programming. Students learn to embrace and utilize the many Web 2.0 applications available to them including social networking, wikis, textual and audio blogs, video conferences, and 3-D chat rooms. Upper School students who want to take their computing expertise to extraordinary levels have opportunities to enter an accelerated four-year computer science track.
While many schools forbid gaming, Porter-Gaud uses this popular technology as a means to teach students to write their own. Our students are already preparing for the future in mobile computing by learning how to write applications for mobile devices. Portable music players are not just for entertainment. Porter-Gaud takes advantage of iPods for the study of foreign language. Students in almost all grades use email to regularly communicate with their teachers and many submit projects digitally.
We are strong believers in experiential learning and offer field trips to give our students a real-world view of technology. We invite guest speakers to campus who are the leaders in their respective technology fields to give our students the opportunity to learn from the pioneers of the modern computing era. When a student graduates from Porter-Gaud, they will be equipped with the necessary tools to push the technological envelope.