Technology integration is ubiquitous at Herberger Young Scholars Academy, and it seamlessly supports and enhances our academic programming and core values.
Herberger Young Scholars Academy’s approach to technology is intentionally holistic: technology skills, digital communication, multimedia design, and digital literacy and citizenship are integrated across every facet of the curriculum to create an active, student-centered learning environment where technology is another tool for learning, along with pencils, paper, books, teachers and peers.
All Herberger Young Scholars Academy students are issued MacBook Air laptops for school and home use, fully installed with a significant library of software programs available through our unique relationship with ASU, allowing students to thrive and learn in our rigorous, multi-faceted curriculum. Students also have access to robust high speed internet throughout not only the Herberger Young Scholars Academy building and outdoor spaces, but across all of ASU campuses, including the Inter-Campus shuttle.
All Herberger Young Scholars Academy classrooms and meeting spaces support full digital integration from wireless display of teacher and student devices, to integrated remote/on-campus class meetings. In addition, Herberger Young Scholars Academy maintains a fleet of iPads for class/student use, as well as a virtual presence device.
Many Herberger Young Scholars Academy teachers “Flip” their classrooms, creating curated libraries of video tutorials that allow students to go back and review key content at their own pace, as well as taking advantage of video conferencing to bring in remote guests and participants to enhance learning opportunities. Students are able to take advantage of virtual and online learning opportunities through our learning partners, including ASU, and students are able to take advantage of professional grade software to learn cutting edge skills in digital design classes.
Herberger Young Scholars Academy also houses the “DesignLab”, a 1600+ square foot makerspace that allows students to bring digital creations to life, from printing full size posters, etching or cutting projects with a laser cutter, or developing 3D models on professional grade software and then bringing them in the physical world with 3D printers or the milling machine.