The Jewish Day School Library and Technology Center strives to be an exemplary school library by following the guidelines of the American Association of School Librarians. In doing so, our mission is “to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information; students are empowered to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information.”
The Library and Technology Center serves students, faculty, and staff, as well as our JDS families. We are also happy to welcome back to our library the Jewish Community Center’s kindergarten class for an exciting weekly program.
Students have scheduled library classes once per week. During this time, they gain skills in book selection, research, technology, and online safety, and also enjoy a book checkout time. The center houses Mac desktops, MacBookPro laptops, iPads, a SMART board, and book and video materials, including a Judaica collection.
The library and technology program at JDS provides students a variety of materials to support their curricular, intellectual, and cultural needs of our students.
JDS students engage in a curriculum rich with integrated technology. A new state-of-the-art science lab is equipped with Apple desktop computers, SmartBoard and Apple TV technology. At a teacher’s request, iPads are available for use in the classroom; a computer cart holds laptops designated for student use. This integrated technology gives students the ability and skills required in a world where technology supports learning, creativity, science and business management.
The program is continuously evolving to provide a sound platform of knowledge and enable timely progress as technology progresses. In the early grades, students begin with the basics such as using computer components and becoming comfortable with the latest technology. As they progress, students learn standard application such as: Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as online research skills. Students also use a variety of educational software for math and language support, including Hebrew language programs.
Beginning in first grade students receive instruction in Microsoft Word, research, Internet safety, and traditional keyboarding. Students learn to balance online research with traditional library skills. Their ability to navigate the Internet enables them to expand their scholastic, personal and Jewish interests.
Upon entering high school, JDS students bring with them the technological skills required for academic success and a thorough grounding for achievement in their futures.