Technology is a focus for all Wakefield students beginning with 9th grade Foundations technology courses and expanding to higher-level classes, including JAVA, Engineering and Technical Drawing (CAD). Advanced Topics classes allow student to explore technology in a deeper, more personalized setting.
As part of Arlington Public School’s Personalized Learning initiative, Wakefield 9th 10th and this school year (2016-2017) our 11th grade students will be using MacBook Air laptops in all of their classes and for learning at home and elsewhere.
To supplement this program, Wakefield provides its students and teachers with several full-sized computer labs consisting of powerful multi-media workstations, including dedicated labs for Business, Art and Library resource instruction.
Our library’s online databases provide full-text research tools to Wakefield students that rival those available to college libraries.
The combination of computer labs and student MacBook laptops allows teachers to provide instruction and students to enhance their learning using the most up-to-date software and Internet resources, including Blackboard, United Streaming and Learn 360 (these last two provide over 1500 instructional videos that can be streamed to the classroom on demand).
All of our classrooms come equipped with computer-connected SMARTBoards, allowing teachers to create lessons allowing students to engage interactively in their instruction.
Each spring, Wakefield hosts a Technology Expo where students present examples of technology-based schoolwork and are judged by members of the local professional community who provide valuable feedback to the student participants.