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-5th grade students have access to iPad carts and technology is integrated into classroom instruction in developmentally appropriate methods.
- 6th-8th grade classrooms utilize a one-to-one device immersion in the form of an iPad. The Renweb Learning management system is used strategically to complement the educational experience.
- 9th-12th grade classrooms utilize a one-to-one device immersion in the form of an iPad or laptop computer. The Renweb Learning management system is used strategically to complement the educational experience.
- What types of digital devices will students be allowed to bring to school in the 2020-2021 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?
The digital world that our kids are learning and growing up in is incredibly exciting. Through technology, kids have access to new tools, to an incredible range of resources, and to stimulating opportunities to participate in novel ways. At the same time, parenting kids who are immersed in so many different technologies and apps can be daunting.
Students have extraordinary opportunities with technology and yet face some very real potential pitfalls with technology. All of these issues underscore the need for students to learn and for us as a school to teach digital literacy and digital citizenship skills to our students.
Metrolina utilizes a Digital Citizenship Curriculum from Common Sense Media to help our students learn to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. These 21st century skills are essential for students to harness the full potential of technology for learning.
The curriculum examines privacy, security, digital footprint, reputation, communication, information literacy, internet safety, relationships, and so much more in a very age-appropriate way. As well, we will be providing a lot of resources for you as parents to use in helping your students navigate the digital world.
Metrolina is committed as a school to partnering with you through this initiative to help you prepare your students to use technology safely and responsibly.
We live in such a fast paced world in which technology is changing the way we live, work, and play. As parents and educators, we must be vigilant to protect and educate our children. God’s Word provides us with a lot of reminders of this responsibility. Two great examples of this: 1 Thessalonians 5:6 “So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded.” & Proverbs 4:23 “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
Our prayer is that God will use our efforts in the classroom and our partnership with families to make an eternal difference in how our children will approach technology in the coming years.