Technology is important, but technology alone will not provide a great education; this requires instruction and guidance, especially in the early years, to provide a solid foundation of basic skills. Technology enhances and reinforces learning these skills if used properly. Therefore, our philosophy is to promote STEM learning and enhance what students learn in the classroom in innovative ways without replacing traditional learning methods. The past meets the future at Susquehanna Prep/Apple Tree in an effort to prepare our children for today’s challenges.
“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” – Bill Gates
We believe tools that allow teachers to enhance their lessons and demonstrate skills in a visual format are important. Each classroom, from kindergarten through 8th grade, has a Promethean ActivBoard that is used for this purpose.
Susquehanna Prep/Apple Tree maintains two computer labs that accommodate all classes. Students begin to learn typing in kindergarten and hone word processing skills through 8th grade through various exercises. Older students then may use the lab’s resources to research content, complete presentations, reinforce lessons, and learn more advanced mathematics.
In addition, Susquehanna Prep/Apple Tree is the only academic institution in Northeastern Pennsylvania to boast the addition of a state of the art 3D printer to its computer literacy program. Younger students design and print objects with their teachers’ assistance while older students utilize skills and concepts learned in the classroom to independently construct objects.