April 24, 2017
HPCA is excited to announce the next step in our 2020 Vision’s Technology Initiative: a newly created Technology Integration Specialist position. Mrs. Donna Henry, who has been teaching our kindergarten through eighth grade Technology Lab, will be stepping into this role effective August, 2017. Mrs. Henry’s primary new responsibility will be to advance our vision of a student-centric learning environment, in which the use of technology is routine, transparent, and supports curricular goals. She will provide 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 implement 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 completed 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 usage 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. Each classroom is equipped with a computer for administrative and student use. Elementary and Middle School students share a computer lab and attend computer classes once a week. 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 Computer Science class. Teachers in other subject areas use remaining open lab time to enhance curriculum through SMARTBoard technology and project-based learning.
All classrooms in Transitional Kindergarten through 8th grades have an interactive SMARTBoard. Teachers also have access to an iPad, iPad cart, document camera, and portable laptop/projectors.
TK-8 Tech Lab:
Students benefit from the use of 24 computer workstations, an interactive SMARTBoard, 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 SmartBoard 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 SMARTBoard.
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 contains 8 computers for library and subject research, and 8 computers for students enrolled in online classes.
High School Science Labs:
The two science labs offer a resource of Dell wireless laptops, Venue tablets, and digital microscopes to broaden student learning.
High School Classrooms:
All core classrooms in the high school are equipped with interactive SMARTBoards.