A Magic Carpet into Hyperspace
This year at St. James’ we are proud to be unveiling a brand new SmartLab under the masterful direction of Jen Cefaly, the Academic Technology Coordinator at St. James’. Ms. Cefaly invited us in to take some pictures and see what a day in the SmartLab looks like. One of the first things you notice when you come in is that the room doesn’t look like a normal classroom or even a computer lab. “During their first visits to the lab, students were shocked to see that we had remodeled the computer lab with fewer computers. Now, students don't even notice when we don't use the computers at all during class time. They love the tools that the SmartLab supplied.” St. James’ is equipped for 1:1 computer activities, the SmartLab curriculum emphasizes students engaging with one another as well as the technology. An average hour is divided between engaging games that combine real world drawing to making a pinball-like game; construction tools to make anything and everything - mostly towers and cars; and a Rube Goldberg computer game that students were playing collaboratively. St. James’ was able to open up the program this fall thanks to the generous support of the parent community and the Spring Event which generated more than $200,000 that is reflected in every gleaming surface of the Lab.
The way the SmartLab and Ms. Cefaly integrate technology into instruction is totally seamless. This week the sixth grade class was using a mathematical modeling system called Zome, which was a learning opportunity for Ms. Cefaly as well. “Zome encourages students to think creatively and apply problem solving strategies within a cooperative social context. When they’re using Zome, students are supportive of each other and engage in lively discussion related to the constructions themselves. Last week, as students were building and adding to their structures, more and more students came together to build as a team. It's not something that I planned, but the small group work turned into large group work very organically.” This group energy is at the core of 21st Century learning.
Ms. Cefaly describes how the SmartLab broadens her ability to use technology to strike a chord with every student “the leader, the extrovert, the introvert, the collaborator, the artist, the scientist, the athlete, the musician” as she put it. When asked how this compares to her own experience in school she said, “Technology in school looked very different when I was a kid. If you want to see an example, come down to the SmartLab and check out our “classroom mascot” - an original (and still working!) Apple IIc, circa 1985.” These same students will likely be using something equally unrecognizable in thirty years thanks to the foundation built in the SmartLab.
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- Now Accepting Applications for September 2017
Now Accepting Applications for September 2017
St. James’ is now accepting applications for all grades for September 2017. Apply online.
Siblings of current students and children of employees are encouraged to complete their application before Thursday, October 13, 2016. This helps the Admission Committee have enough time to give careful consideration to all applicants, including siblings of current students and children of employees; to ensure that the school can meet the needs of all St. James’ students.
St. James’ provides an innovative educational experience within a warm and diverse community dedicated to academic excellence, nobility of character, and spiritual growth. We welcome all applicants, without regard to their race, ethnic origin, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or economic or social circumstances.
Sibling and employee applications are due Thursday, October 13.
Contact Assistant Director of Admission Kimberly James with questions about the online application process.
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