Media Use + Technology

The school has a devel­op­men­tal approach to the intro­duc­tion of tech­nol­ogy, with incre­men­tal layers of tech­nol­ogy instruc­tion and use increas­ing as students move through grade levels.

The elemen­tary school discour­ages the use of elec­tronic devices by students for any reason, instead choos­ing to center the learn­ing expe­ri­ence on human inter­ac­tion and hands-on activ­i­ties. Elemen­tary teach­ers post announce­ments and class­work on Power­School Learn­ing for parent and guardian use.

With the rapid growth in tech­nol­ogy, Waverly is commit­ted to prepar­ing students by first devel­op­ing their social and emotional skills. Before intro­duc­ing tech­nol­ogy in the class­room, students learn the value of human inter­ac­tion, reflec­tive think­ing, creative input, and making mistakes through:

• Use of the Respon­sive Class­room approach, and evidence-based approach to teach­ing and learn­ing. From preschool through 8th grade, students prac­tice the skills of listen­ing, respond­ing, empathiz­ing, and respect­ing peers and teachers.

• The well­ness program, which begins in elemen­tary school and contin­ues through 12th grade and empha­sizes social-emotional growth.

• Thematic discus­sions in each class­room that, start­ing in preschool, build student abil­i­ties to inter­pret and discuss important questions.

Waverly’s empha­sis on commu­ni­ca­tion and problem-solving supports students in respon­si­ble use of tech­nol­ogy. In middle and high school, students learn how to use tech­nol­ogy for class­room projects. Read more about how the middle school and high school use technology.