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Technology at Alexandria Country Day School (ACDS) is used to integrate, support, reinforce and enhance teaching and learning. Students and teachers are encouraged to use technology skills in their everyday class work.
We offer access to technology through two computer labs, three mobile carts, the library media center, and filtered Internet access. Every classroom is equipped with a Promethean Board®, a globally recognized interactive whiteboard that improves student engagement.. All lower elementary classrooms are equipped with a minimum of two desktop computers devoted to student use. Teachers are using technology to focus on concepts and to help students practice skills. They are also facilitating the use of technology by students to expand understanding and organize information for better learning.
To communicate with our families, ACDS uses Edline, a web-based technology that offers a simple, single point of access to all of the key information students and parents need.
Students from prekindergarten to 4th grade visit the main computer lab once a week. While there, students have access to various online activities purposefully chosen to enrich and reinforce skills learned in the classroom. Also available to them are several programs such as KidPix®, Kidspiration® and Scholastic Keys®.
Students in grades 5 through 7 attend the computer lab daily for 12 weeks. They learn keyboarding skills, basic computer skills and responsible Internet use. An “acceptable use” policy is discussed and all students are required to sign and adhere to the guidelines therein.
Eighth grade students can choose a computer literacy course offered for high school credit. This course lasts for one full semester and covers word processing, spreadsheet software and multi-media presentation. The responsible use of the Internet and available online content is emphasized.
Starting in 5th grade, the students receive computer instruction on a daily basis for a period of twelve weeks. This program allows students to develop basic keyboarding skills, increase confidence with report construction/organization, expand technical vocabulary, understand online safety and awareness and develop relevant research and citation skills.
Our eighth graders can choose an eighteen week rotation course in the computer lab that offers high-school credit. These students learn in-depth word processing skills, presentation software and various editing skills.
We have a full-time on-site computer support specialist and access to a local IT firm ensuring prompt service to any delay in the classroom teachers use of technology.