Innovation, Information and Technology
Together, the Innovation, Information and Technology Groups (IIT) construct an infrastructure that equips and empowers our school to thoughtfully engage a technology-rich, globally-connected, faster-future. We accomplish this by providing access to appropriate learning resources, spaces and experiences that enhance processes of exploration, research, and creation.
Vetted educational technologies are one of the cornerstones of Kent Denver’s modern approach to learning. IIT helps ensure technology functions as it should, delivers or facilitates desired outcomes and—because learning is not confined to the classrooms here—is easy to use both at school and at home.
In addition to managing two libraries, two impact studios, a robotics laboratory, and a student-run cafe on site, IIT is also responsible for our virtual spaces as well, including our learning management and student information systems. In addition, it maintains the school’s computer network and telephone system, oversees our technology purchase decisions, spearheads our one-to-one laptop program and supports student, faculty and staff computer repair needs via an authorized, on-site Apple repair office.
The Duncan Center in the upper school and its equivalent, the Centennial Center in the middle school is an interactive and collaborative learning commons. This space includes:
Books and Magazines
- Fiction and graphic novel collection for independent reading
- Access to 100 Colorado libraries
- Over 30 print and online magazines and newspapers
Research and Digital Technology Support
- Information and digital literacy instruction
- 30 databases for academic research
- Access to 110,000 e-books
Kent Denver's Impact Studios are amazing innovation spaces that provide everything students need to design, build and prototype!
Dedicated educators help students explore possibilities in design and entrepreneurship with high-tech equipment including a CNC machine, metal lathe, 3-D printers, digital laser cutters, Virtual Reality equipment and numerous digital and analog tools to design and build almost anything!
Having access to a computer has become essential to students at every grade level. In the classroom, Kent Denver teachers leverage computer-based activities to enhance the overall learning experience. Outside of class, students are able to access the internet via our secure, filtered and monitored Wi-Fi network to continue relevant educational pursuits.
Additionally, Kent Denver uses an intuitive online learning management system called Canvas that allows teachers to post course descriptions, homework assignments and other relevant information online and empowers students to ask questions after school, upload homework quickly, easily—and always on time..
Kent Denver School is pleased to offer a One-to-One laptop purchase program that allows families to purchase a computer that meets their academic needs at a competitive price.
A laptop purchased through the Kent Denver program will come with all site licensed software required for our courses. In addition to the discount purchase option, Kent Denver has Apple-certified technicians on site to offer hardware and software support for all laptops purchased through our laptop program.
Technology is a wonderful tool—however its effect is significant. Technology use forms many of our subconscious daily routines and often removes our decision making control.
Adolescents form technology use habits as they also explore their identity, desiring independence and pushing boundaries. Social media takes this experimentation and creates a public, permanent, searchable archive that can be accessed with the push of a button. Yet this public sandbox is attractive to adolescents in ways we do not always understand.
Fortunately, there are steadily improving resources to help families, educators and adolescents be more intentional about their technology and media use. Common Sense Media is one such nonprofit committed to providing resources. Their mission is to “help kids thrive in a world of media and technology.”
Kent Denver has curated some of Common Sense Media’s best resources and contextualized them for our setting. These resources are divided into four categories: understanding the technology, developing family agreements, having ongoing conversations, and asking questions.