5th grade students working on tablets in class

We believe intentional technology use can deepen our understanding of subject matter, enhance learning through adaptive technologies, expand our creative pursuits, increase efficiencies, and connect us to far away people and places.

We use technologies to encourage teacher innovation and experimentation supported by researched-based, age-appropriate best practices. The school is committed to flexible and robust technology infrastructure supporting all of it's learning environments.

We use digital technologies to:

  • Learn to navigate the rapidly, ever-changing and omnipresent digital world knowledgeably, critically, and empathetically;
  • Ensure access to digital tools, where appropriate, to enhance and transform daily learning;
  • Guide students in appropriately selecting and using digital tools for their own learning needs;
  • Provide opportunities for discussion and practice of digital literacy and digital citizenship principles

Beginning/Lower School Technology

Beginning School

For our youngest learners, there is an intentional decision to limit digital device use in the Beehive. Our focus is on developing the whole child including character, creativity, intellect, physical skills, and ability to contribute as a community member. The relationships and experiences that are needed to develop these areas cannot be replaced digitally or in a virtual environment.

We do use digital technology to expand and document the students' experiences and thinking. Teachers use, present, and encourage discussion about digital content where developmentally appropriate. There will be many, many opportunities for your child to develop and engage in digital content and skills throughout his or her Catlin Gabel journey.

Lower School

Lower School students are gradually introduced to technology in age- and developmentally appropriate lesson plans. Lower School student are each assigned an iPad for in-school use. In the 3rd – 5th grades, laptops are available in addition to the iPads.

1st & 2nd Grades

In 1st and 2nd grades, technology use primarily takes the form of student self-assessment as they demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of their own learning through the creation of videos and digital portfolios. Discussion of good digital citizenship principles including applying our own Lower School rules of "Be Safe and Be Kind" online are discussed and practiced frequently.

3rd Grade

In 3rd grade, in addition to self-assessments, students begin skill-based learning. This includes keyboarding with laptops using Typing Pal and increasing math automaticity using FasttMath. Using iPads allows students to explore and record their learning both on campus and off. Students are also introduced to Google Apps for Education for writing and classroom projects.

4th Grade

In the 4th grade, students receive their Catlin Gabel email account. They also begin to access the school's learning management system, Haiku and Google Classroom for daily coursework and homework assignments. Developing digital literacy and digital citizenship continues in full force as students begin to more deeply explore the online world. Skills continue to be reinforced with the use of Typing PalFasttMath and IXL in addition to Google Apps for Education.

5th Grade

By 5th grade, students are fully immersed in using technology for many aspects of their coursework. Students blog, manage research projects, tell stories with a variety of digital tools, and curate portfolio content. Critical assessment and selection of digital resources and online content, along with appropriate copyright use, are emphasized.

Laptop Requirements

Students are not required to purchase a laptop in the Lower School. By the 3rd grade it may be necessary for a student to have access to a computer to reinforce keyboarding and math skills.

In 4th and 5th grades, access to a computer for homework completion is required. If you feel the need to purchase a laptop for your child, we suggest a Chromebook. The school does not purchase hardware for Lower School students.


Middle School Technology

In the Middle School, emphasis is placed on guiding students through the intricacies of what it means to create a digital footprint. Digital citizenship and digital literacy skills are repeatedly practiced in a wide variety of environments.

Chromebooks are provided to all Middle School students. Laptops and iPads are also available to students on a per project basis. Providing this assortment of hardware allows teachers and students to select the right tool based on curriculum learning goals.

Students are not required to bring a mobile device to the Middle School. Chromebooks and other mobile devices are provided for in-classroom and after school use. Students are required to have access to a computer to complete homework. This does not have to be a laptop. A desktop computer is perfectly fine. If you feel your child would work better with a laptop, we recommend a Chromebook.

Financial assistance is available for Chromebook purchases. Please contact the enrollment office at for more information.


Upper School Technology

All Upper School students are required to have a laptop that they bring to school each day. This can be a laptop you already have available or a new purchase. Most students bring a Mac laptop, and small percentage choose to bring a PC laptop.

Laptops are used throughout the curriculum for research projects, writing, working on complex math problems, design, media arts, modern language acquisition, and collaboration in a wide variety of ways.

The school's learning management system is called Haiku and provides students in 5th through 12th grades with online access to syllabi, coursework, a homework dropbox, and numerous academic resources. Teachers also use Google Classroom for assignment management. Students should plan on checking Haiku and Google Classroom multiple times a day for academic updates.

Laptops should be brought to school daily in good working order and fully charged. If your child is having hardware or software difficulties he or she should stop by the technology office in the Vollum building for technology support.

Students are expected to check their school-provided email account regularly throughout the day for the most up-to-date information.

Laptop Models

The recommended models for the Upper School laptop program are either Apple or Microsoft Surface Laptops.

Apple: We recommend MacBook Air or MacBook Pro Retina. We recommend no larger than a 13" model for weight and portability.

Microsoft: We recommend the Microsoft Surface Laptop with 8 GB of RAM and a 256GB Solid State Drive.

The school does not purchase hardware for students, however laptop financial assistance is available. For more information, please contact the enrollment office at