Purposeful, curriculum-based,and engaging– these are words that describe our approach to enhancing student learning with instructional technology at Norfolk Collegiate School. During the 2012-13 school year, we continue to expand opportunities for teachers and students to employ technology in engaging and transformative ways. Interactive whiteboards and projectors, wireless access, laptops, and iPads are now ubiquitous on our campuses. Again this summer, many of our teachers spent considerable time attending professional development sessions to hone their skills at creating media-rich lessons and activities that employ technology to engage and inspire students, and to personalize instruction. A few of our initiatives in instructional technology for the 2012-13 school year include:
- iPads in every classroom in grades K-3
- Mobile iPad learning lab with a class set of 20 iPads for use in grades 4 and 5
- 1:1 iPad pilot program in upper school AP Biology where to explore how this device can transform the student learning experience in the upper school
Campus-wide Wireless Network
We believe that students should have the ability to pursue intriguing questions at the moment of inspiration, and that teachers should be able to use these pivotal moments to personalize learning for every student. To maximize student access and engagement in the learning process, we have created a wireless environment that supports both school-owned and student-owned laptops and tablets. Wireless access is customized for each of our school’s three divisions in order to allow all of our students to have the right tools and resources they need to make critical connections between the classroom and the world. Please click on the link at the left for specific guidelines and specifications for students who may want to consider bringing a laptop or tablet from home.
Middle school students will have the opportunity to bring their own laptops or tablets to school after completing orientation sessions that will occur during the first full week of school. Students in the upper school may bring their laptops or tablets with them to school during the first week. Specific guidelines for the use of personal devices and the responsible use policy for students may be found on the school’s webpage.