SCA is committed to its students being 21st century learners who can critically think, communicate, collaborate, and create using up-to-date technology. Even more importantly, we intentionally implement objectives throughout their education that are designed to create digital citizens who are ethical and moral in all of their technology practices.
At the elementary level, all classrooms have SMART Boards. For campus use only, SCA provides access to Chromebooks for all 3rd-6th grade students.
At the secondary level, junior high students are provided with Chromebooks that are used across the curriculum for a wide variety of purposes. These same students are required to take a course entitled Digital Citizenship. This course explores not only lessons in technology software and hardware, but also current topics in the exercise of personal technology. Much frank discussion occurs comparing the world’s standards to God’s standards around topics such as screen addiction, social media, intellectual property, and accountability.
High school students are required to supply their own educational electronic device. SCA prefers the Chromebook for students in the 9-12th grade as it is the digital device of choice for educational purposes; however, SCA also accepts the MacBook. Teachers deliver lecture material, integrate a variety of apps, use online textbooks, and design projects that require technology integration. Students wishing to take advance courses in STEM areas may take advantage of a variety of SCA electives or participate in Summit Technology Academy for part of their school day.
Specification Recommendations for purchasing:
- Chromebooks should have at least 4GB RAM, 11" screen, 32GB storage.
- Dell, HP, and Lenovo all make devices that will meet these minimum requirements.
- Macbooks must run MAC OS X El Capitan 10.11 or later and have the Chrome browser installed.
With the blessing of a $50,000 dollar grant from the Goppert Foundation, SCA opened a state-of-the-art learning commons for secondary students in the fall 2016 which features technology supports for students and offers a warm, supervised environment for collaborative or individualized learning. Hosting our Writers’ Corner, Math Corner, and Technology Corner, this commons area has encouraged self-directed and peer-supported learning. Here, students engage with one another to become their academic best.
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