Our Technology Integration Specialist, Mrs. Donna Henry, previously taught our Kindergarten through Eighth Grade Technology Lab. In this new role, her primary responsibility is to advance our vision of a student-centric learning environment, in which the use of technology is routine, transparent, and supports curricular goals. She provides support to faculty, staff, and families as we continue to leverage new, educational technology resources.
With this in mind, the sixth through twelfth grade students and teachers are currently mastering our new learning management system, Canvas. Canvas gives students and parents online access to assignments and feedback from teachers. Canvas also enables teachers to deliver multimedia content and is an excellent platform for the use of 21st century learning tools.
In August of 2018, Mrs. Henry will oversee our 1:1 program in the high school. Each student will be issued a Chromebook™, which will provide an opportunity for seamless integration of technology in the classroom. Students will be able to expand their digital literacy within a Biblical context under the guidance of HPCA teachers. Having student devices in the classroom setting will also enhance our students’ college preparedness, as many college courses are increasingly available online. More details about the privileges and responsibilities for students and families participating in this new 1:1 program, as well as the cost of these devices through a technology fee, will be communicated as they become available.
We are eagerly anticipating the many opportunities this next phase of the Technology Initiative will provide our students. In our pursuit of providing Christ-centered, quality education and academic excellence, we will continue to plan for the integration of technology across all divisions.
High Point Christian Academy utilizes a network of Windows-based computers. Elementary and Middle School students share a computer lab equipped with Chromebooks™ and attend computer classes once a week. Chromebook™ and iPad carts are available for classroom use. Technology skills are integrated into the classroom curriculum through use of quarterly technology projects. In addition, students learn keyboarding skills beginning in Grade 2.
In the High School, HPCA offers a computer lab used by our Honors Computer Science classes. Teachers in other subject areas use remaining open lab time to enhance curriculum through SMART Board® technology and project-based learning.
All classrooms in Transitional Kindergarten through 8th grades have an interactive SMART Board®. Teachers also have access to iPad and Chromebook™ carts for instructional use.
TK-8 Tech Lab:
Students benefit from the use of 24 Chromebooks™, an interactive panel, iPads, and a 3D printer.
TK-8 Media Center:
In the Media Center, literacy skills are taught through technology with interactive comprehension games and reading apps. Books come alive with the help of Google and SMART Board® activities. The Media Center has three desktop computers and a classroom set of iPads to assist students with developing traditional research skills and learning the card catalog system.
High School Tech Lab:
The High School lab contains 23 computer workstations and an interactive SMART Board®.
High School Yearbook Lab:
The Yearbook lab consists of 12 PCs with web-based design software to produce our yearbook.
High School Media Center:
This lab is equipped with 16 computer workstations for general research and participation in online courses.
High School Science Labs:
The two science labs offer a resource of Chromebooks™, Venue tablets, and digital microscopes to broaden student learning.
High School Classrooms:
All teachers are provided a Chromebook™ and utilize interactive SMART Board® technology.