At The York School, our approach to technology is not about gadgets and gizmos – it is about a progressive approach to education and a school-wide commitment to innovation.
We offer a culture of creativity that inspires teachers and students to think differently, explore confidently and adapt skillfully. This approach means that we are constantly searching for technological opportunities that will enhance learning.
Technology has always driven the tradition of innovation at The York School. Our capacity for change made us one of the first schools in Canada to offer a one-to-one laptop programme. Being at the forefront of innovation among independent schools means constantly searching for the next horizon.
When exploring options and making choices about technology in the classroom, we focus on ways to enrich the IB inquiry method and to empower students and teachers to access the full potential of their imaginations.
Led by our Learning, Technology & Innovation department, the school constantly adapts to technological opportunities that arise and responds with new initiatives and programmes. We regularly assess the needs of our community and participate in a rigorous process of goal setting and reflection each year.
Technology in the Classroom
As a fully "wired" school, The York School continues to integrate technology in innovative ways while ensuring that students and faculty use these tools proficiently and responsibly.
Led by our one-to-one laptop programme in the Middle and Senior School, our students have constant access to the resources they need, including a secure, robust and wireless LAN, numerous printers and scanners, and digital cameras, voice recorders, digital probes and tablets. We also equip every classroom with a mounted digital projector, interactive whiteboard and audio equipment. Wireless access points throughout the school ensure connection to online encyclopedias, databases, news services, global communications and video-streaming in every room.
Students entering Grade 6 will be provided with a school-owned Chromebook for the year. New students entering Grade 7 and 8 are required to purchase a York School approved laptop. Students are given the choice between a school endorsed Lenovo PC or any MAC laptop of minimum specifications. The laptop is integrated throughout the curriculum and is an important part of the Middle School learning toolkit. More detailed information on the Middle School Laptop Programme can be found here.
The York School provides onsite hardware repairs and software support for student 12 months of the year.
Blackboard Course Management System
Students in the Middle and Senior School are supported by the Blackboard course management system, which provides access to course materials and assignments, primary sources, images, readings, pertinent websites and many other learning aids. Blackboard gives teachers and students the benefit of ongoing organizational help and data accessible 24/7 via the internet. Also, our faculty and students make extensive use of Google applications for interactive document sharing, writing processes and collaboration.
Our success as innovators requires a high degree of technical support. We have resources in place to ensure that all of our programmes run smoothly. Support includes:
A help desk operated by dedicated IT staff that is available year round for software and hardware support and computer repair.
Technology and Learning Specialists who guide students and teachers through technology initiatives, issues and projects.
Specific technology classes and individual sessions to assist students with a wide array of issues and processes.
The school invests heavily in professional development for classroom teachers and technology integration specialists to ensure that their skills and knowledge are current.
We take responsibility for assisting students as they navigate through the complexities and challenges of their online experience by developing their digital citizenship.
Digital Citizenship Resources
The York School’s Wellness team and Learning, Technology & Innovation Department created Digital Citizenship Resources which provide best practices and address risk factors involved with children on social media.
At school, we see many wonderful educational and community building opportunities through social media and incorporate them into our classrooms when we can, but we also ensure students from a young age understand the responsibility that comes with having an online presence.
If you have any specific questions about social media and your children, please contact Director of Learning, Innovation and Technology, Justin Medved.