We’re about making connections at Bernard Zell, and technology is an important tool to help us do just that: diving deeper into new ideas, sharing insights with other schools and even other countries, testing newly acquired knowledge. We’re proud to help students learn and explore with technology, supporting our mission of educating the whole child. We use computers, software, apps, and social media to augment science exploration, provide individualized instruction, and give students more avenues to express their knowledge and creativity. Our teachers use an integration model, working with instructional technology coaches to use technology as a tool to build knowledge.
In Lower School, students use online instruction to increase reading comprehension in both English and Hebrew, while teachers use it to tailor learning and activities to individual students. Technology is used in Middle School to help encourage students to explore personal interests including elective courses. They improve their research skills, problem solve, blog, and use a variety of software and online tools.
Students of all ages learn how to be digital citizens by connecting with classrooms in other schools and other countries, communicating with experts and peers, and by modeling age-appropriate social media skills.
The major renovation of our Middle School Science Laboratory brought us new laboratory equipment and professional development in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. The result is M’Kom Drisha—a place of exploration—where students take part in hands-on science exploration in a state-of-the-art laboratory space with 3-D printers, a Vertical Garden and a Tinkering Messy Zone for experiments. It’s a great complement to Bernard Zell, where children get excited about learning, prepare for a world that will look vastly different than the one we see today, and engage in something fundamental to both academics and Jewish tradition: working together.
STEM at Bernard Zell
"We try to pull out that inherent wonder and curiosity that all students have within them." - Beth Sanzenbacher, Science Instructional Leader