At HTS, we utilize technology in innovative ways to provide our students with an exceptional inclusive education and to help each of our students attain his/her personal goals. Developing 21st century skills such as communication, technology proficiency and information and media literacy that will help students succeed today is a primary goal for all students.
21st Century Skills
Based in the technologically savvy Silicon Valley, HTS teachers recognize the value of helping their students embody technological skills and literacy. Skills such as researching and use of databases, programming, coding, and understanding technology safety are valuable for students in the classroom and in the working world. Progressing in knowledge and competence are necessary for communication and academic excellence. Once those skills are developed, students enter their college and adult years with a greater understanding and proficiency that allows them to be top performers in those arenas.
Technology Standards are outlined for students in every grade level. These standards start with basic skills and safety then build upon one another so that by the time students are in their middle school years, they have become familiar with coding and programming. All of our classrooms incorporate technology and therefore we see the importance of providing clear benchmarks for our students with all abilities. Creating norms around for using technology provides an area in academics where student who excel particularly well here can shine in their classrooms and with peers.
Technology Fact: In our middle school program there is a Chromebook for every student.
Our courses, especially in the middle school and high school programs, are designed to incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math into the classroom. Located in Silicon Valley, the heart of the technological industry, we witness firsthand the relevance and importance of technological competence in young students. Each grade level has specified Technology Standards. In our middle school program students build and control robots based on programming skills and learn coding basics for developing their own apps. These lessons provide opportunities for students of all levels to succeed and thrive in their community.
Assistive Technology (AT)
AT includes any item that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities, according to the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-407). Assistive Technology Service is any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
These strategies assist people with severe communication disabilities to participate more fully in their social roles including interpersonal interaction, learning, education, and community activities. AAC entails learning to communicate by typing on a keyboard or pointing at letters, images, or other symbols to represent messages. This allows a mode of communication other than speech for those who need it. At HTS, some students use iPads or other tablets with communication apps as an AAC tool.
Check out some of the technology tools we use with our students here.