The Computer Lab has 27 new PCs running on Windows 8 software. There are also several printers, scanners, and digital cameras available for students and faculty to use. All computers have Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook and Publisher), Adobe Photoshop Elements, Robolab Programming software, Kid Pix, and many other educational software programs for all grade levels.
In addition each classroom has at least one computer with Internet access and a printer. All computers in the School are networked and have filtering software. Also available are laptops with a projector and cart that can be used in any classroom.
SMART Board Technology
A recent addition to the technology assets of the School are interactive SMART Boards. These boards are installed in MOST of the classrooms throughout the building for us to integrate this technology into instruction for all grade levels.
As part of our ongoing plan to improve instruction with technology, we have implemented a Chromebook initiative. We have a Chromebook cart, where any teacher can sign out Chrome books at any time for a particular lesson. In addition, in our middle school (Grades 6 – 8), students individually own their Chromebooks. A one-time fee of $300 is incorporated into a middle school student’s tuition to cover the cost of the Chromebook. Information and questions regarding repair, replacement costs, and troubleshooting can be obtained by contacting Ms. Cusick (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Teaching Robotics with LEGOS
Another component of our technology program is engineering and the design process using LEGO bricks. The students begin learning the design process in kindergarten and move up to programming by grade three. In kindergarten to grade 2, the students design, build and test their creations. By grade three they are taught to use Robolab, programming software designed by MIT, to operate robotic devices with motors and sensors.
Internet Safety Resources
- Massachusetts Attorney General – Keeping Young People Safe
- Guide to Internet Safety – Beyond filtering software
- Internet Keep Safe Coalition – Safety Resources for Families.
The Internet Keep Safe Coalition is a broad partnership of governors and/or first spouses, attorneys general, public health and educational professionals, law enforcement, and industry leaders working together for the health and safety of youth online. iKeepSafe® uses these unique partnerships to disseminate safety resources to families worldwide.