Unique to ECS is the access that students and staff have to an extensive array of state-of-the-art technologies and our coordination of their use throughout the school. Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum, a focus of ongoing professional development, and used to facilitate communication between school and home. ECS is committed to preparing students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Further, an emphasis is placed on teaching students to use technology responsibly.
Our school’s goal is that students actively participate in a relevant learning process which integrates technology as a collaborative and information-rich resource.
iPads are used for learning and literacy centers in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. Technology class is required for grades 1 – 6. Students have access to fully-equipped tech labs, numerous devices in each classroom, and an extensive media center. Beginning in 6th grade, we use a 1-to-1 structure where students bring their own device (BYOD) and technology is integrated throughout the curriculum through the use of Google Apps for Education (GAFE). Our campuses are fully wired (LAN) with filtered Internet access and offer wireless capabilities as well.
Students use a variety of grade-level software selected to develop skills, creativity, and an appreciation for the use of technology in everyday life, including Microsoft Office, web design, and video editing. Research techniques using Internet resources are also covered.
Students also learn to use a range of equipment and Web 2.0 applications, including digital cameras/camcorders, wiki spaces, blogs, green screens, interactive boards/projectors, and digital readers.