MCA students in grades 8 - 12 will be required to bring iPads for use at school during the 2016 - 2017 school year. Students will use their iPads to take notes, keep their agendas, access the Internet at the teachers’ direction, and work on school projects. Students will be allowed to use personal laptops for academic purposes during study halls, at lunch, and before or after school.
Technology orientations will take place each year regarding the specific technology being used and the responsibilities of its users. Not only will students be continuously taught how to be safe online and how to use technology responsibly, but they will also learn to use the Internet, the iPad, and the laptop to communicate academically, productively, and respectfully.
Students will access the Internet on their iPad or laptop using the MCA school-issued password. All students are to use the MCA student password to access the Internet while on campus, as required by the Student Responsible Use Policy. Students should not access the Internet through any other cellular provider (AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, 3G, 4G, etc.) during instructional hours.
At the lower school and middle school levels, teachers will use classroom sets of iPads for large-group instruction or demonstration, for small-group practice or review, and for individual remediation or enrichment. In addition, students in middle school will be taught how to use the devices for personal organization and academic work. High school teachers will use the iPads for direct instruction when appropriate and will encourage students to use the tablets for taking notes, keeping organized, and accessing online resources.
Metrolina Christian Academy seeks to use technology in ways that impart the knowledge and skills that students will need at higher levels of learning and in the workforce. The iPad offers several features that fit our learning environment: multi-processing capabilities, durability, digital-book availability, intuitive use, free and inexpensive apps for learning, easy online access, and many iPad-friendly resources.
MCA has invested in network content filtering, firewall software, and equipment to help provide a safe environment for student Internet access. Access to Internet sites using the MCA server is a privilege. Content filtering settings are in place to allow students access to materials needed for their academic assignments. In addition to monitoring for inappropriate content, individual usage may also be monitored, and attempts to circumvent the filter will be subject to disciplinary action.