At Maui Preparatory Academy information technology pervades students’ daily learning environment from Preschool through Upper School. In every classroom technology is used skillfully by both teachers and students who employ their school-issued laptops (grade 6 and up) or desktops (elementary grades) as tools of discovery, communication, and creativity. Teachers present dynamic multi-media lessons that engage the minds of the digital generation. Students practice real world skills in seeking out online resources to extend their understanding, collaborate with peers, and creatively express their analysis of content in a wide variety of digital media formats. With the advantage of Maui Prep’s upper school 1-to-1 laptop program, students become proficient in navigating the digital world they are growing to inherit.
For students growing up with the interests and needs of 21st-century learners, it is essential for teachers to supplement lessons with resources such as web-based videos, digital imagery, or software simulations on a daily basis. However, technology’s place in Maui Prep curriculum is not only as a supplement to other content but also as a full subject for critical exploration in itself.
At the Middle and Upper School levels, the dual approach of using technology to supplement all subject areas and providing time for the study of technology itself is accomplished by having a variety of technology electives available for students seeking greater depth of knowledge through specialized study with our technology faculty.
At the Lower School level, we have both fully equipped classrooms as well as regularly scheduled time for students to work in the computer lab with our specialized technology faculty. Lower school students have access to several desktops in every classroom and each room is also equipped with a digital ceiling mounted projector and an interactive “touch pad” whiteboard (often called a Smartboard).
Maui Preparatory Academy continues in our commitment to have all students participate in rigorous grade level technology classes in the computer lab where they become familiar with the use of a wide variety of industry standard software and hardware as well as experimenting with hands-on discovery of the ways that technology works…and how to trouble-shoot problems when technology sometimes doesn’t work.