We view technology as one of the most important tools in the educational process and utilize a multitude of innovations to enhance both the academic and communication skills of our students.
In the lower school, interactive whiteboards are available in all classrooms, and all students have iPads assigned to them to allow for differentiation and personalization of the curriculum. Through the use of word processing, text-to-speech and other software tools, our students develop into more confident writers and effective communicators. Additionally, students engage with components of Microsoft Office, are introduced to programming, 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. Through programs including Lego EV3 Mindstorms and Tynker, 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 Canvas, a learning management system. Canvas 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 digital design, which instructs students in graphic and advertising design using software such as Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.
CBA students also participate in the Hour of Code, a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries, demonstrating that computer science is fun, creative and accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds.
Developing Digital Citizens
We are committed to encouraging our students to use technology and recognize the importance of establishing safe and appropriate practices. On a division-wide basis, we teach guidelines on how technology should be used appropriately, allowing our students to develop in a world where it serves human values, encourages creativity, protects ownership, and establishes the foundation for becoming a responsible digital citizen.