We pride ourselves on technology at Oakwood. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for a rapidly changing global society and technology is an integral part of class instruction and learning in all grades. A Google Certified trainer works with faculty to incorporate technology as an effective tool while students learn to purposefully collect and analyze information and to use technology to create, communicate, collaborate, and demonstrate their growing understandings of the world around them.

Starting in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade, each student utilizes an Apple iPad. In 2nd and 3rd grades, students use Apple iPads along with desktop centers and laptop computers stored on rolling carts. In 4th grade, all students are required to purchase their own Apple iPad to use through 7th grade; 8th through 12th grade may choose to use an Apple iPad or laptop.

Fred Austin, Director of Technology

Coming into the world of academia laterally, Fred has helped schools, corporations, and small businesses introduce technology into their world since 1992. Focusing his attention towards Oakwood in 2002, he leads the tech team to evolve Oakwood’s use of technology from cursory word processing and keyboarding to an environment that supports today’s more technologically advanced students as a ubiquitous tool for their everyday learning. Fred and Debbie have been married over 30 years and have two children, two grandchildren and an international daughter. As a patron of the arts, one of his hobbies is participating in the performing arts for over 50 years. Giving back to the community is important to Fred, volunteering for Children’s Miracle Network Telethon, Relay-for-Life, as well as several other charitable organizations throughout the year. He was raised in suburban Long Island, New York and Cape Hatteras as an outdoor enthusiast and now lives on a small farm in mid-west Pitt County.

Applying Technology

Following are a few of the MANY ways of how students learn to use technology as an everyday part of 21st century learning in Pre-K-7th grades. By the time students reach Upper School, technology is a seamless part of the fabric of every student's education and learning.

Digital Citizenship

Our students are citizens of the world and we recognize that in the 21st century there is little divide between the online and physical worlds. Our emphasis on integrity, honesty, moral courage, personal accountability, and compassion for others applies to all aspects of our students’ lives. Through class discussion and advisory groups, our faculty helps students to understand the modern challenges of digital communication, information permanence, and the long-term implications of a student’s online footprint.