As a school, Lausanne integrates technology into all academic programs. In fact, Lausanne was the first independent school in the Mid-South to create a one-to-one laptop program.
Our PK students in Mrs. Deanne Helvering's class at Lausanne spent their ANTS (Acquiring New Technology Skills) time with Brad Manker, our Lower School innovation specialist. While he went over the basics of how to work with an iPad, it became clear some were already experts at how to use the devices.
These young students do not know life without iPads, with all of them born years after Steve Jobs introduced them to the world on April 3, 2010. However, Mr. Manker taught our young Lynx how to use the devices for learning in a classroom setting and was able to share his passion of technology with a new group of students.
"Our littlest learners are risk-takers and enjoy exploring apps and problem-solving their way through activities," said Mr. Manker. "They are unafraid to try new things, including using new digital tools."
After learning to unlock the iPads using a classroom-unique QR code, the students spent the remainder of class time learning about a variety of apps.
When asked, the class was in agreement on the most fun thing they learned during the lesson.
"I like the drawing," the students agreed. "It was the most fun!"
The use of technology not only makes learning more interactive but allows for more unique learning spaces and gives the students an opportunity to succeed.
It's The Lausanne Way.