Use of technology in education continues to increase

Whether it's online, in the classroom, a makerspace or outside the school building, technology is part of today's education."Essentially, most any kind of cutting-edge technology that's out there right now, we've either begun exploring or we are using," said Jessica Grisafi Killo, a Germantown Academy Lower School art teacher, Lower School Art Department coordinator, Makerspace/Tinkerlab coordinator and the school's PreK-12 STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) coordinator. The school is located in Fort Washington, Montgomery County. When you walk through the school, you'll see students everywhere with iPads, Killo said. "Kids are constantly using them. They're using them for coding. They're using them for typing up reports. They're creating videos. Some kids are doing podcasts," she said.Other uses include virtual reality or artificial reality, she said.All the students in the Lower School use the Tinkerlab on a regular basis, she said. The technology and training is also integrated into other parts of the curriculum, she said, giving as an example one of her recent classes in which the students used Tinkerlab skills on an art project.Diane Goldstein, a science teacher in GA's Upper School and co-leader of the Vex Robotics Team, recalled thinking when she went to college that a CNC machine was "miraculous." Now, along with other more traditional hand tools, the Makerspace area of the four-year-old Beard Center for Innovation, where classes including an Honors Engineering course are held, has 3-D printers and a laser cutter.

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