Technology is integral to learning at LCS. Students have regular access to technology at school while developing competent users of, and learners with, technology is a high priority. We strive to support students as they develop their digital citizenship and learn how to manage the multitude of technology tools at their disposal. It is an essential aspect of learning at LCS.
Elementary students regularly access the computer lab through scheduled classes and during specific projects. All elementary classrooms have a desktop computer to share and a SmartBoard for students and teachers to use. In addition, a classroom set of laptops and I-pads are available and shared amongst elementary classrooms for additional learning experiences.
In the secondary school each scheduled block of the day (4 blocks in total) sees the collection of 60 laptops in the library borrowed by students for classroom work. Our laptops are checked out from the library and each block they are fully utilized. In addition, students learn with technology through various classes. For example, science labs utilize science probes (in conjunction with laptops), Film Art classes use editing software, and Art classes exploit our classroom set of I-pads. Technology is in demand.
Many secondary students bring their own laptops or I-pads to school on a daily basis. Over 80% of our secondary students own a laptop and over 60% bring them to school daily. More older students bring personal laptops than younger students. If students take care of their belongings at school, then their belongings, no matter how valuable, are safe. We have had very little theft this year and two cases of disappearing laptops have occurred in the middle school and were the result of students leaving their items unattended overnight.
All students and parents (Grades 4-12) are required to acknowledge and sign our Responsible User Policy. This document details expectations around use of technology at LCS. Students in Grade 6-12 also sign a Laptop Borrowing agreement which Continue reading