Technology at Gow
Dynamic and leading edge, technology at Gow is developed for the benefit of students and selected for its appropriateness rather than its trendiness. It is then integrated throughout the curriculum and the campus, providing a unified platform that allows teachers and students to connect seamlessly.
The 1:1 Laptop Program
Each student receives a laptop with all of the assistive software he or she will need as well as instruction in how to use it. What students use—and how much they use it—depends on what works best for them. Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech-to-text, Kurzweil text-to-speech, and Inspiration concept-mapping software are the most often used. Along with other assistive programs, they help with reading and writing remediation as well as in other subjects, where they remove language-based impediments to learning.
Technology in the Classroom
All Gow classrooms have SMART Boards, and all teachers are equipped with tablets, allowing them to walk around and work with individual students while wirelessly displaying on the boards.
The Alice R. Gow STAR Center
Responding to many dyslexics’ talents in creative, hands-on, and visual-spatial areas, Gow created this new facility to enhance our already strong programs in science, technology, and research (STAR). The building houses classrooms, an engineering lab, seminar space, and a Computer Numeric Control (CNC) vertical milling machine and simulators. The CNC machine enables robotics students to create more complex robots for the RoboGames competition.
Technology’s benefits are also evident elsewhere in Gow life: technology-rich courses, such as graphic design, broadcast journalism, and videography; the innovative flipped classroom, employed by several teachers; and Skype chats between students and their families. Everywhere technology use is driven by the curriculum and an understanding of student needs and interests.