STEAM

Students working in science class

Our STEAM Education

Whitfield introduces STEAM skills and concepts that students immediately use in their classes and will lean upon in college and in the working world.  This emphasis on practical application ensures we are cultivating tomorrow's community leaders and innovators.

APPROACH TO STEAM EDUCATION

Most people agree that STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) is about more than the sum of its parts. However, it is rare to find a community that excels at purposefully generating intersections between these topics in a practical way that leads to innovative thinking and learning.  Even more rare is finding a community that brings practical applications of STEAM into classrooms to inspire innovative thinking and learning. Whitfield is one of these communities.
 
Across grade levels and academic departments, our students and teachers immerse themselves in STEAM-forward learning in ways that are meaningful, authentic, and, most importantly, relevant.  To that end, our approach to technology makes both hardware and software abundantly available, which presents an equally abundant number of opportunities to guide our students as they adhere to our acceptable use policy, make screen time decisions that impact wellness, and make ethical and kind choices about the content they share publicly.

The Habits of Mind & Heart inform everything we do. Whitfield's commitment to character development extends to the IT realm through acceptable use guidelines, digital citizenship, copyright, and mindfulness.

Whitfield provides a powerful, flexible infrastructure and laptop experience for all students, faculty, and staff members. Windows 10 laptops from the Microsoft Surface Pro line allow us to touch, type, or hand write in a digital world. And, access to a suite of software and services (from Adobe Creative Cloud to Office 365) allows all our students and faculty to collaborate and create on a professional level.  Yet, more often than not, our students will be reaching for pencil and paper, collaborating across both the physical and digital worlds, and looking up at classmates instead of down at a computer.

1:1

Student to laptop ratio

2 Years

Frequency of laptop upgrades

5

Technology Team members

100%

Students exposed to Computer Science

BOLD COLLABORATIONS

STEAM LEADERSHIP

Matt DiGiulio

Director of Technology

Matt DiGiulio

Director of Technology

"We are at our best when we’re working across boundaries and alongside others. Although it would be easier to stick to our silos, we thoughtfully weave the things that are important to us into the fabric of our academic program."

Lisa Barry Jenkins

Assistant Director of Technology

Lisa Barry Jenkins

Assistant Director of Technology

"We support students and faculty first and systems second.  The Support Desk is a hub where we  collaborate with students and faculty, explore technology options, answer questions, and provide support.  In classrooms our team consults with students on project ideation, leads workshops on new tools, and supports faculty.  Our 1:1 laptop program mirror's our commitment to the Habits of Mind & Heart, guiding students to healthy technology habits that they will take with them when they graduate."

Ashley Hastey

Technology Integration Specialist

Ashley Hastey

Technology Integration Specialist

"Student engagement starts with trust. I approach each task as though I were a student and focus on showing them the most efficient way to work.I feel fortunate to be able to help students develop strategies they can apply to achieve both academic and personal goals."

Andrew Asikainen

Computer Science Integration Specialist

Andrew Asikainen

Computer Science Integration Specialist

"Students at Whitfield are risk takers who are interested in learning. Teaching computer science allows me to see the creative tenacity in our students. They learn through doing and are actively willing to fail in order to learn how programming works. The students have the motivation to learn, and many times, they take challenges further than required because of their curiosity."