In an ongoing effort to support educational goals in our learning community, resources are targeted for training and tools.
Professional development is promoted and funding is available for employees seeking technology training opportunities off campus. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend conferences, workshops, and seminars. For example, with the generous support of an anonymous donor, three faculty members attended the 2009 National Educational Computing Conference in Washington, D.C. this summer. Since 2000, seventeen members of our faculty have attended, with four members attending multiple years. This creates opportunity for our faculty to learn more about the integration of technology in their curriculum.
Additionally, various training classes are offered on campus and are either facilitated by the technology coordinators, the academic technology support specialist, or outside trainers. These classes provide extensive training and resources that promote effective technology use in the classroom. Teachers are taught technology skills, as well as coached on how to develop instructional materials that support teaching and learning in the 21st Century.
New faculty at Episcopal are required to attend technology training classes as part of their orientation process. The eight-hour training is designed to help new hires become readily familiar with the EHS technology network and resources, our website, email software, grade book software, and various other applications that faculty and staff use during the school year both administratively and with students.
Episcopal subscribes to a number of services that provide our students web-based access to training and research engines. Our library web databases and search engines include Ebsco Host, Jstor, ProQuest, SIRS, Facts on File, and Galenet, among others. These tools aid students in each division while on campus or from home.
Students in Lower School regularly attend computer classes integrated into their daily schedules. Keyboarding, word-processing, multimedia authoring, research skills, Internet safety, file management, visual literacy, and basic troubleshooting are core skills integral to our K-5 curriculum.
In addition to further development of the skills introduced in Lower School, the Middle School program focuses on researching and evaluating Internet resources, the use of graphic organizers, spreadsheet development, digital imaging, and website development.
In Upper School, technology integration is present in all academic disciplines. Whether it is creating a multimedia presentation for AP Government, searching a database, doing a science simulation, making a brochure for English class, or designing posters for our fine arts productions, our Upper School students are using technology daily for research, communication, information organization, and the presentation of ideas.
|Aldrich and Pollard Libraries are integral to our academic technology program. They provide learning environments rich with technology and information resources. Desktop computers, laptops, scanners, digital and video cameras, LCD projectors, books, magazines, newspapers, electronic databases, videos and DVDs are all part of this collection of resources available to students and faculty. |
In addition to many individual workstations, Aldrich houses three teaching labs that are accessible to Middle and Upper School students and faculty. Pollard Library has a computer lab for Lower School students and faculty as well. Four additional state-of-the-art labs are located in other buildings on campus.
- approximately 650 computers on campus
- middle school netbook program
- iPad cart for Foreign Language and iPads for lower school
- open and secure wireless network available in all buildings on campus
- numerous Smartboards and LCD projectors located in various computer labs, libraries, and classrooms
- faculty members maintain and regularly update course websites with detailed class information for grades PK-12
- email accounts for all students grades 6-12
- servers with storage space available to all students, faculty, and staff that are backed up every evening
- vast array of software available to students, faculty, and staff including Microsoft Office Suite; Adobe imaging, video editing, drawing, and layout products; Geometer’s Sketchpad; Inspiration/Kidspiration; KidPix; and dozens of other titles
- printing, scanning, photographing, filming, and projection equipment widely available to faculty, staff, and students all over campus
|The Episcopal technology department is dedicated to maximizing our students’ futures through the development and mastery of 21st Century Skills. In addition to integrating technology when and where it best enhances learning, we strive to empower students to take responsibility for their own education ensuring that they will become lifelong learners.|