The Lower School Technology Program is designed to support classroom learning using tools that best match the curriculum for that particular grade. As the girls interact with technology, we encourage them to develop independence in problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity. With each lesson the intent is that girls leave having learned not just where to click, but also what the possibilities are for each application. As the fourth grade studies the United States, each girl composes a digital slideshow about a state, with an emphasis on using graphics, music and transitions in a way that is effective. In the third grade they study bridges; in technology class they research, draw, and compile a book about famous bridges. Typing as a skill is introduced at the end of third grade utilitzing an on-line typing program. Some lessons come from technology concepts rather than classroom lessons - grades 3-5 are also exposed to simple programming concepts through tools like Microworlds and MIT’s Scratch software. To support their curriculum, teachers maintain web pages so the girls have guided resources for their research and online learning. As with all technology, our units and lessons change each year as new tools and techniques emerge and the girls’ skills evolve to be more sophisticated.