Technology

At Walt Disney Magnet School, cutting-edge 21st century technology is as available as notebook paper.

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In a world where digital technology is ubiquitous, digital technology needs to be ubiquitous in our schools. By providing these opportunities, Walt Disney prepares its students to not only be ready for their various futures, but to also become the creators of those futures.

The school provides an impressive range and quality of technological resources, including a 3-D printing makers lab, on-line touch-screen Promethean projection boards for all classrooms, 1-to-1 iPads for all students including Pre-K, coding languages including Scratch, Code.org, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Swift, digital cameras; robotics, learning and design programs such as FastForWord, PebbleGo, MyON, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premier; 17 computer labs including a specialized digital music lab, etc..

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But these hardware and software offerings are not just bells and whistles. They are essential tools for the kinds of innovative teaching and learning that Disney makes available to its students, teachers, and parents. It is the quality of application of these powerful tools that makes the difference as students work together using software designed to assist collaboration; prepare presentations for their teachers, parents, and peers; and work independently through such individualized learning programs such as eSpark. Disney’s student-centered approaches “captivate unique interests, challenge learners at all levels, and inspire creative application.”

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Integrating technology takes on many forms, from simple storytelling with video to coding a program to run based on a set of criteria. Teachers and students are exposed to a variety of ways of expressing their own visions through a range of software and hardware options. Disney’s 21st Century Learning Lab leads the way in project based technology projects, teaching students to use technology programs for workflow management and presentations a students engage in group projects that connect to the academic content they are learning in their classrooms.

 

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In a new pilot for the 2016-17 school year, Disney will be one of only four Chicago Public Schools to roll out Swift Playgrounds - a revolutionary new app for iPad that teaches students the primary coding language used to create iPhone and iPad apps: http://www.apple.com/swift/playgrounds/

Disney's vision for the use of technology is always cutting edge, integrating computer science across the curriculum