Technology at LWA
The goals of the Business and Technology department are to provide students with practical knowledge of state-of-the-art technology, both through computer and business classes and through technology integration in other content areas. They should acquire the ability to access information from a broad range of resources, and to process that information accurately and efficiently.
The computer curriculum follows the ISTE’s NETS for Students standards . Since technology permeates everything we do, it is crucial to teach technology in partnership with academic and non-academic subjects, and as a tool to help the students strengthen their skills in the areas of reading, speaking, listening, and writing. Students learn technology skills in six fundamental categories, as defined by NETS: Technology Operations, Digital Citizenship, Critical Thinking, Research and Information, Communication and Collaboration; and Creativity and Innovation. Lower classmen are required to take at least one trimester of technology. In 9th grade, all students learn Multimedia Production. In 10th grade, students choose from Introduction to Vector Graphic Design, Digital Photography and Editing, or Publication Layout Design. Upper classmen can opt to pursue advanced level computer courses. In additional, all students get exposure to technology through integrated content-driven projects. At the end of four years, students have learned a wide range of skills developed through classroom projects involving the use of a variety of software.
The business curriculum is equally critical to students success in today’s global and digital economy. Business courses cover several areas critical to success in the 21st century, following the New York State Learning Standards for Career Development and Occupational Studies. These areas include Career Development, Integrated Learning and Universal Foundation Skills such as communication, critical thinking, self-management and organization, teamwork and cooperation, technology literacy and information management, and resource and system management. Upper School students may begin to take business elective courses in 10th grade. Students may also join DECA, an international organization preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in high schools and colleges for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.
Interested students have the opportunity to learn numerous topics in information technology and business, and to independently study topics related to their fields of interest. Courses are offered based on student interest. Unless otherwise indicated, computer courses are academic minor electives, which meet for one trimester and earn .25 credits per trimester.