Open Window School has a state of the art Middle School Innovation and Technolgy Lab (ITL) which incorporates the best aspects of maker spaces, including 3-D printing, laser engraving, soldering, and green screen technology. Students have weekly technology classes, but the ITL also serves as a resource room (similar to a library) where classes and individual students can come and work on projects that are fully integrated into other academic disciplines.
Creativity and innovation: Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students apply existing knowledge to generate new products or processes and create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
Communication and collaboration: Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students interact and collaborate with peers, communicate information and ideas effectively using a variety of media and contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.
Critical thinking, problem solving and decision making: Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students identify and define authentic problems for investigation and plan/manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
Technology operations and concepts: Students demonstrate sound understanding of technology concepts, systems and operations. Students transfer current knowledge to the learning of new technologies.