Microsoft Surface Device Program Launches in Middle School
In thespringof2020,GerstellAcademy’sMiddle School forged a collaboration with Microsoftin regard tothe school’s preexisting “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) policy.Thepower of the Microsoft Surfacequicklybecamean integral part of this collaborationfor the 2020-21 academicyear,beingpiloted with our 5th and 6th gradeas an educational tool.With thepositiveresponse tothe Microsoft Surfacepilotlaunchthis fall,theAdministration plans totransition the entire Middle Schoolin the near future.“Having ongoing access to this technology has helped our students develop greater independence, increase engagement, and develop skills essential to thrive in the 21st century,” reports Mr. Ben Thompson, Assistant Head of the Middle School.
The student devices have been used to access resources, complete assignments, and for personal organization. Educational activities have included taking notes, researching information, producing documents, analyzing data, participating in surveys, producing videos, reading e-books,and various othereducationaltasks.The use of the Surface as an educational device provides our students and teachers with exciting possibilities for the classroom. A focus of this initiative is the responsible use of technology, known as digital citizenship. Our students are learning digital skills, ethics, etiquette, and online safety as important aspects of participating in today’s world as young leaders. The Middle School looks forward to the educational opportunities that our partnership with Microsoft will continue to bring our students and faculty.