The Learning Castle and La Canada Preparatory are committed to providing our students with a state-of-the-art technology experience. Digital competancy is one of the fundamental skills that students will need to be successful in high school, university and life.
At The Learning Castle, technology begins in kindergarten where students learn to keyboard as they learn the letters of the alphabet. Starting in the first grade, students are pulled to the computer lab where they begin learning fundamental word-processing skills and are introduced to the Internet. Second graders are exposed to basic graphic design and search engine use.
The La Canada Preparatory program, which includes third graders, utilizes the services of Technix Academy founder/director, Nick Schwaigerlehner, who teaches a three-term course in general computing, coding and robotics to grades three through eight.
General computing covers the inner workings of the machine: processors, memory, drives, busses, etc.
Codiing covers the instructional languages used to tell computers what to do. Students learn to write programs in an active and visual way and see what their programs do as they are created.
In Robotics, students design and build robots to perform given tasks.
Our technology classes introduce students to the underlying processes that drive all digital technology while teaching students problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.