Our Mission at Annapolis Area Christian School is to engage students in an education of excellence enabling them to impact the world through a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. It has always been our goal to help each student develop their God-given gifts and talents to redeem every part of His world. One area of focus over the last few years has involved the many uses of technology.
Technology is becoming an increasingly critical part of learning, expanding the classroom beyond traditional limits of time and space. Technology enables us to respond more effectively to the unique learning styles of todays students. Technology expands our sense of community by changing the way teachers, students, and parents are able to interact with each other.
The goals for technology usage and training at AACS are:
- Equip students to use technology to impact the world for Christ.
- Teach students discernment and the ethical use of technology.
- Improve the quality of student learning and academic achievement as they develop knowledge and skills for the future world of work and learning.
- Provide greater access to educational opportunities, formative assessments, and differentiated instruction by providing one-to-one access to laptops for students for anytime, anywhere learning.
- Improve communications among students, parents, and teachers.
- Equip students to be lifelong learners.
Google Chromebook One-to-One Laptop Program
All 6th through 12th grade students are provided with a Google Chromebook for use in the classroom and for homework. Google Chromebooks are web-based laptops loaded with Google apps rather than software. A Chromebook requires wireless Internet access in order to function and is lighter and smaller than most laptops, but still has a traditional keyboard for ease of use.
We began this one-to-one program just three years ago with our 6th grade class.It has been expanded each year since then, and in the 2017-18 school year it will include 6th through 12th grade. The one-to-one program greatly enhances the resources that teachers and students can access for instruction and learning. The Chromebooks are used throughout the day for research, review of material, creating documents and presentations, maintaining portfolios and more.
The technology program at AACS is structured to provide students with a variety of important computer skills and word processing instruction. During weekly computer classes, students learn to work with spread sheets, data bases, web page design, and multi-media presentations. The curriculum is designed to integrate with classroom instruction, giving students the opportunity to develop projects and presentations that support their science, language arts, or social studies programs.
Classroom teachers use a variety of technology-based instruction in the classroom, from math facts memorization to reading assessment, to word processing on netbooks, and now iPads in the early grades. Additionally, the computer lab is open and available to classes during unscheduled hours for additional teacher-directed activities.
In addition to the daily use of Chromebooks in the classroom, students continue to receive technology training each year. They learn to use Google apps, web 2.0 tools such as wikis and blogs, media production programs, and more.
In addition to the daily use of Chromebooks in the classroom, Upper School students have many opportunities and class choices for additional technology training. The Upper School offers five engineering and programming courses. There are also two fully equipped computer labs, an engineering lab, a mobile cart of Chromebooks, and instructional technology in every classroom.