The technology curriculum at Summit School of Ahwatukee is integrated with grade level units of study during the year, whenever possible. Through collaborative and individual activities, technology projects enhance and expand classroom learning through meaningful activities.
Our curriculum also covers the Arizona technology standards which include the areas of: creativity and innovation, communication and collaboration, research and information, critical thinking/problem solving, digital citizenship, and technology operations and concepts. Various programs and resources are used such as Web 2.0 tools, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Scratch (simple programming), Movie Maker, Photo Story, Sketch Up (cad drawing), Alice, Kodu, and Gamestar Mechanics.
Our students live in a technology rich world, and a Summit education prepares students to safely use and navigate all that technology has to offer.
Learning tools available for student use include:
- Twenty computers in the technology lab. Technology class is taken by kindergarten through sixth grade students.
- The “Techno Den” provides an additional eighteen laptops, assisting with classroom research or projects.
- Two laptop carts travel to classrooms as needed for 1:1 student use.
- Eighteen mini laptops are utilized in the third grade classrooms.
- Ten Kindle Fires provide enrichment activities for the kindergarten reading program.
- Ten tablet devices are used for preschool students to experience educational activities.
- Middle School students use personal iPads that open limitless learning opportunities.
Technology, Kindergarten - Grade 5
Technology, Kindergarten through Fifth Grade
Game Design/Programming Elective, Sixth through Eighth Grade
Robotics Elective, Sixth through Eighth Grade
Jeremy Douwstra holds a BS in Elementary Education and a Masters in Educational Technology from Northern Arizona University. His extensive background teaching technology to both students and teachers in the Kyrene and Chandler Unified districts stretches to 1994.
Mr. Douwstra brings a range of experiences coaching students in web design, desktop publishing, animation, video production, podcasting, coding, and robotics. He has also served in the role of district technology trainer and coach in support of teachers. As member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Jeremy is dedicated to staying current with emerging technologies, and will be attending the annual ISTE conference this summer.
Mr. Douwstra joined Summit’s teaching team in 2016. His expertise and skills make him perfectly poised to provide the technological leadership needed to continue to enhance Summit’s integration of innovative technology across the curriculum.