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Technology at Sacramento Country Day School
Sacramento Country Day School is committed to the ongoing development of an engaging, interdisciplinary learning environment that embraces the use of technology to support the educational goals of the school.
The over-riding vision of this plan is that technology is a powerful force in an educational environment, which fosters the development of life-long learning skills. Our technology plan maintains that technology must be thoroughly incorporated into offices and classrooms, so that our teachers, students, and administrators can use it in all aspects of the educational experience. Our goal is to prepare our students to become key contributors to the world of the 21st century. The positive role of technology in education is a key ingredient.
Recent technology highlights at the school include the introduction of iPads to the Middle School, MacBook laptops for High School students, and mobile iPad labs for the Lower School. In 2010-11, SCDS provided cutting-edge iPad tablets to all 6th grade students, and the following year expanded the program to the entire Middle School. The 2012-13 school year introduces more Web-based learning opportunities with the purchase of two mobile iPad labs for use by our Lower School students, and the introduction of a pilot program in the High School, providing MacBook laptops for all incoming 9th grade students. An important aspect of these initiatives includes professional development for our faculty to learn the effective use of this technology in the classroom.
The school maintains up-to-date technology, placing a priority on providing students with the most advanced equipment available.Â Current inventory includes 90 student computers and 42 laptops on carts, 78 teacher computers and 13 laptops, and seven servers for a total of 230 workstations and servers. As a result of a massive, campus-wide infrastructural investment in 2005, the school has a modern, efficient system interconnecting all of its computer hardware.Â This provides separate networks for students, faculty, and administrators with download speeds from the Internet of 50 megabits per second. New satellite receivers bring additional educational content to the classrooms through IP video.
With all 53 classrooms in the school connected to the Internet, teachers employ a variety of other technology including Elmo projectors, smart boards, multimedia projectors, scanners, digital cameras, smart pens, and portable word processors. The entire Middle and High School campuses have wireless Internet access, and their library offers a wide array of online resources for students’ course work and research. Students collaborate online through blogs, Google Docs, and Google Sites, and those in grades 6-12 receive a school email account. Digital Photography, Digital Music, and a new offering in Robotics provide additional opportunities to learn through technology.
Technologies exist today that were wholly unknown just a few years ago. As we prepare our students to reason, to think critically, to develop their creative skills, and to engage in a broad array of educational experiences, so must we prepare them to handle not only today’s technologies, but also those yet to be invented. To that end, we give our students the body of knowledge and the set of skills they need to be able to adapt to whatever their future endeavors may require.