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. All students are expected to sign and adhere to the guidelines of our “acceptable use” policy herein.
All Alexandria Country Day Students receive Microsoft Office free of charge. With Office 365, your child will now have access to the latest version of Word, for writing; Excel, for spreadsheets; PowerPoint, for presentations; OneNote, for organization and note taking; and much more.
• Install on up to 5 compatible PCs and Macs, plus 5 tablets (including iPad!)
• Use with OneDrive for automatic device syncing
• Office subscription lasts for as long as your child is a student here and continues with this program
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 Rediker, 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 utilize a variety of iPad apps and 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(should be 9) weeks. They learn keyboarding skills, responsible Internet use that includes digital citizenship and the Microsoft Office Suite of software including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher. This course allows students to develop increased confidence with report construction/organization by conducting and citing research and to expand their technical vocabulary. Additionally, they begin coding and programming.
Eighth grade students can choose an eighteen week rotation course in the computer lab that affords them the opportunity to take the half credit to high school. This course lasts for one full semester and covers advanced features of word processing, spreadsheet software, desktop publishing and multi-media presentations. 3D design and printing utilizing our two Makerbot Replicator + printers with emphasis on the engineering process is a favorite.
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.