Harbor Country Day School is one of the most technologically advanced schools of our size on Long Island, and on a par with the most advanced schools of our size in the country.
Technology is an important means to a successful and productive secondary school experience; thus, our goal is to give our students the tools to use technology well in their future academic studies. Technology is the means to an educational end - not the end itself.
Formal computer classes are taught beginning in Pre-Kindergarten and continue through the Fifth Grade. Beginning in First Grade each student has access to MacBooks that they use through wireless technology and in every subject area.
Our Media Center is outfitted with sixteen iMacs and every classroom at every level has access to SMART Board technology. Our faculty regularly teach classes using programs like Word, PowerPoint, Excel, iMovie, and iPhoto. Further, students learn to use Photoshop, digital cameras and SMART Boards. We teach math using educational software such as The Geometer's Sketchpad.
Students in the Upper School are asked to present their research in various forms, which may include formal research papers, PowerPoint presentations, Prezis, iMovies, podcasts, wikis or blogs. These various formats for presenting information are an example of a way to differentiate instruction, reaching each individual in the best possible way.
Through the use of Edmodo, an online course management system, teachers are able to engage students with interactive tools such as discussion boards, class wikis, online journals and assignments. This secure website, customized for our school, also supports students as they develop organizational skills and forges an additional connection between home and school. Additionally, Edmodo provides a way for students to partake in a focused and monitored social networking system that they can use to email teachers or participate in educational chatrooms. Learn more about Edmodo here.
Our new website is becoming more and more interactive as the weeks and months go by. Through the new parent portal, parents have direct access to Parents' Association information, resources and school news as well as the schedules for academic and sporting events.
Finally, our library is fully automated through the use of Follett's Destiny system. In addition to searching the school's collection on-site, students can search the collection from home. They can also search the collections of other nearby participating libraries. If we don't have the book you are looking for, we can find it nearby!