At Chesapeake Bay Academy we view technology as one of the most important tools in the educational process. From the start of student’s journey in the Lower School through their successful completion of the Upper School program, we use the latest technology to enhance both the academic and communication skills of our students.
In the Lower School, SMARTboards are available in all classrooms, and all students have iPads assigned to them to allow for differentiation and individualization of the curriculum. In our state-of-the-art computer lab, Lower School students, some as young as 5 years old, begin to acquire the skills to communicate more effectively. Through the use of word processing, text-to-speech and other software tools, our students develop into more confident writers. Additionally, students are introduced to programming basics and utilize a wide-range of software applications to support their learning.
As students progress into our Middle School, we continue to integrate technology into their core curriculum. Students attend two technology classes per week where they learn design basics using Lego Mindstorms software and building kits. Our students design projects that are fun and personally relevant, developing their understanding in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts. In addition, students continue to use our computers to enhance their writing and grammar skills, as well as for projects in all core subject areas.
In our Upper School, we have moved to a completely paperless environment through the use of the educational networking platform, Edmodo. Edmodo connects students and parents with their teachers, as well as connecting educators across the globe. In addition to using computer technology in the core curriculum, teachers integrate curriculum flipping, a teaching methodology which allows students to access the course information at home through teacher prepared videos and on-line presentations. This allows class time to be focused on projects, when the teacher is available to reinforce the material and assist with comprehension.
Students are also encouraged to participate in one of CBA’s Technology Tracks. Digital Design instructs students in graphic and advertising design using software such as Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. CBA’s Upper School maintains three separate computer labs, each targeted toward a specific area, including graphic design, writing and composition; and digital film production and editing.