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When you think of Montessori education, no doubt hands-on, project learning comes to mind. The use of Montessori materials, like pink towers, puzzle maps, bead chains and moveable alphabets, is a well-known hallmark of the Montessori Method, as is nature and peace education. What many may not realize is that technology is also an important component of a Montessori experience.

At The Montessori School of Raleigh (MSR), technology is intentionally introduced to students at specific developmental stages.

For instance, screen-based experiences are not a part of Early Learning as at this developmental stage it is critical for students to absorb and make sense of vast amounts of new information through concrete, real-world, sensory experiences. When students enter kindergarten and Lower Elementary (LE), they are developmentally ready to begin exploring keyboarding and software navigation.  Working on coding with the Scratch,  Jr. app, these young students receive a meaningful and age-appropriate introduction to the building blocks of coding as they create their own characters and stories while learning concepts such as sequencing, loops, and conditionals.  Additionally, LE students learn proper keyboarding techniques and continue to practice their research skills. 

In Upper Elementary (UE), students in grades four through six explore the most relevant emerging technologies for collaboration and sharing information, learning not only to navigate and apply new tools but also to evaluate whether and when a digital platform and its content are reliable and useful. Using tools like code.org to build technical skills and programs like #WinAtSocial to explore and understand positive use of technology, students begin developing a level of literacy in technology and computer science.

By the time students reach Middle and Upper School, they are applying their expanding knowledge—fully engaging their imaginations and integrating their interests using technological tools. From yearbook design to research papers and Humanities Night presentations, students have ample opportunities to explore new applications for technology, hone their technological skills, and continue learning how to manage their “digital lives.”

Creativity and innovation, communication and collaboration, research and information fluency, critical thinking, problem solving, and decision-making—MSR recognizes a student’s ability to wield technological tools is essential for developing and applying these crucial life skills.

Learn more about how technology is integrated throughout the MSR curriculum by visiting the level-by-level areas of study on MSR’s Technology page.