Our students don't realize that the technology they use when they're learning is cutting-edge. It's just the way they learn.

Dave Rosenberg, Assistant Head of School
The world is becoming increasingly interconnected, demanding more innovation, collaboration, communication, problem-solving and mastery of technology than ever. Rashi's forward-thinking education emphasizes the skills students will need to be successful in the world they are inheriting. Technology is used at all grade levels to enrich the curriculum and to enhance student understanding of subject and content matter and to extend the walls of the school. Whether the whole class is using the Promethean ActivBoards found in every classroom, or small groups collaborate using Google Apps, or a student writes a blog, creates a project, or directs a robot on a Macbook or iPad, technology accelerates authentic and rich learning.

Our Philosophy

Anchored in established theory on how children learn best, Rashi’s online learning environment uses the power of social and digital media to connect students, teachers, and families. Utilizing Moodle and Google Apps for Education, we offer a mix of digital media resources and collaborative tools for teachers to post articles, videos, and interactive assignments. Students acquire, organize, evaluate, and present information using state-of-the-art digital tools in secure, online class forums for discussion and collaboration. Every discipline and every grade at Rashi benefits from the use of instructional technology, which facilitates the range of independent study for which Rashi is well known. Our aim is for students to become responsible, knowledgeable, and effective users of technology.

Examples of Student Innovation

Robotics in the Classroom

Beginning in Kindergarten, students discover the wonders of robotics and computer programming through robotics challenges that are integrated into several curricular units in each grade. Using WeDo Lego robotics, students in K-3 work on a range of projects from desigining and programming robots to simulate the actions of a person entering a sukkah and shaking a lulav and etrog to an endangered animal moving through its habitat.

Beginning in grade 4, students begin to program using the more sophisticated Scratch programming language for their projects. In 4th grade, for example, robotics is integrated into the study of the human body. As part of an extensive study of the digestive system, students build and program robots to represent a piece of food traveling through the digestive tract, simulating peristalsis. Students reinforce their understanding of the digestive system while applying engineering and design principles to their robots.

Rashi’s robotics program was developed in association with Professor Marina Umaschi Bers, PhD, of Tufts’ Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development and of the Tufts Computer Science Department. Professor Bers is an expert in promoting children’s positive social/emotional development through hands-on learning of computer programming and design engineering.

The Best Way to Learn is to Teach

7th Graders used their iPads and the Explain Everything collaborative whiteboard app to show how to conjugate regular -ar verbs to a person who has never taken Spanish.

Coding Digital Animations

This animation was created by the fourth grade class as a Design Day project. On Design Day, each grade level spends the day exploring an issue that requires their skills in engineering to solve.

Podcasting Philosophy

During Jewish Studies, these students created a podcast to better understand concepts of unity, leadership, and spiritual authenticity from Bamidbar.

iPads as Publishing Tools

This story about The Eastern Front of the WWII was written by a middle schooler from The Rashi School and created using the Creative Book Builder for iPad app. Explore the world of a czar from the perspective of a chair!