Dearborn Academy's technology curriculum is aligned with the Massachusetts Technology Literacy Standards and Expectations. Our curriculum includes the following components.
- Internet Safety
Ninth and tenth students complete a comprehensive unit on Internet safety and ethics. Our goal is to help students keep their Internet experiences safe and responsible and to avoid dangerous and inappropriate online behavior. Through videos, projects and class discussion, students learn how to be responsible when using online and digital technologies. Topics include safety, scams, the use and abuse of social media, legal issues, plagiarism, and cell phone safety.
- Work and Business Applications
All students learn to use software applications commonly found in work and educational settings. Individualized projects allow students to delve into topics of interest. While doing their own research, students learn how to properly format a letter to a politician, create a graph from a spreadsheet of data collected from polling peers or develop an engaging slide presentation about the musical roots of an up-and-coming musician.
Dearborn students explore programming through a unique tool called Scratch. Developed at MIT, Scratch is a hands-on approach to programming. Through a building block interface, students construct programs that can control stock and custom images as well as an entire library of sounds. Initial projects involve very simple scripts that make images bounce, for example, but over time students can acquire the skills needed to make their very own video games and animated cartoons.
- Art, Media and Design
To help our students develop skills in new media and familiarity with important tools, Dearborn offers many opportunities to explore creative digital media production through projects in film-making, music creation, website design and photography.
Computer Labs and Studios
Dearborn Academy has two computer labs and three mobile labs for in-class computing. One lab is used for digital media projects and includes software to support graphic design, film making, music production and photography.
At Dearborn we know that different learning styles demand different approaches. We use assistive technologies throughout our program in a variety of ways to enhance learning and build confidence. Some of the assistive technology programs we use include Kurzweil 3000, a powerful text to speech learning tool, voice activated software and smartpens.
Given the tremendous diversity of the learning challenges our students face, no one approach will work for everyone. Some students make rapid gains when we use assistive technologies to help them solve particular problems. For others, assistive technologies can help them overcome a lifetime of frustration over difficulties in communicating.
For Dearborn Academy course descriptions, please download the course catalog.