Sorry, Trevor Day, Avenues has got you beat.
Sophia Hollander writes in the Wall Street Journal New For-Profit Private School Goes All In With Tech that new Manhattan private school Avenues is at the cutting edge. Avenues requires middle school students to have iPads and MacBook Airs, and even nursery school students have access to iPads. Teachers make digital textbooks, and homework goes home and back via digital means.
“I think this is really going to be one of Avenues’ claims to fame,” said Emily Glickman, president of Abacus Guide Educational Consulting, which guides parents through private-school admissions.
Quite impressive for Avenues, given that bilingual education is their main sell-point.
Ultimately, do 21st Century students learn better with all this technology? I believe the jury is still out. A few years ago, SmartBoards were the rage, and now Avenues is Apple Central. Hollander’s article will surely influence other private schools’ decisions about how to use technology in the classroom.