21st century instructional best practice indicates a blended learning environment with a balance of traditional methodology and technology integration leads to academic success! Therefore, MCA’s technology program is designed to provide students with a variety of tools and methods to expand their way of thinking and equip them to become effective users of technology.
Classroom Technology Integration
In TK-12th grades, classroom lessons are enhanced with the use of iPads, Apple TVs, document cameras, and digital projectors. Technology is used to facilitate learning and support the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students are taught to use technology responsibly and in ways that reflect the values and standards of MCA.
TK-6th grade students have access to iPad carts and technology is integrated into classroom instruction in developmentally appropriate methods.
- 7th-12th grade classrooms utilize a one-to-one device immersion, primarily in the form of an iPad or laptop computer. The Renweb Learning management system is used strategically to complement the educational experience.
- Technology integration is achieved through web-based projects and research, collaborative online programs (i.e. Google Docs), creative media (i.e. videos and slideshows), game-based activities, and assessment tools.
- What types of digital devices will students be allowed to bring to school in the 2017-2018 school year?
- What technology orientations about the use of the iPad are planned for students and parents?
- How will students access the Internet while on campus?
- How will students use iPads in the classrooms at the various levels?
- Why has the Academy chosen to use iPads for its students as part of the learning environment?
- How will students be protected from inappropriate content?
MCA students in grades 7 - 12 will be required to bring iPads for use at school during the 2018 - 2019 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.