As we strive to fulfill our mission here at AAS - to engage, support, and prepare each student for today and tomorrow - we know that technology must seamlessly be embedded into the fabric of student learning. The primary goal of the technology environment (including internet access, mobile devices, computers, printers, Google Apps, P-Learning, etc.) is to support the educational and instructional endeavors of students at the school. The Responsible Use Policy (RUP) at AAS supports this vision and upholds a strong sense of digital citizenship.
Through the use of technology at AAS, students become more creative and innovative. They use multiple tools for communication and collaboration with their peers and those outside of the classroom. They learn how to research effectively, problem solve and develop critical thinking skills as they become more fluent in their technology use and the information that it makes available to them.
In the classroom, teachers are empowered to use technology confidently, independently and in teams accompanied by coaching and support. New technologies are constantly evaluated to support the curriculum, our mission, and today’s learners.
- have grown up with computers, video games, digital music players, video cams, cell phones;
- are accustomed to receiving information fast;
- like to parallel process and multi-task;
- prefer their graphics before their text;
- prefer random access (like hypertext);
- function best when networked;
- thrive on instant gratification and frequent rewards;
- need to have an understanding of global issues at a local level;
- need to be able to work collaboratively with people from a variety of backgrounds;
- have the ability to think for themselves;
- recognize the power of authentic audience & importance of sharing with world to make a difference.
Resources Available at AAS
- Wireless access is available throughout the school where students can connect to up to three devices;
- Printers are located throughout the school;
- PowerSchool Learning (P-Learning) is the central mode of classroom communication for students, parents and teachers. Various non-academic groups like sports teams, activities, the Elementary and Secondary offices and the Director’s Desk also have pages of content, resources and announcements. P-Learning extends the borders of the classroom and campus into the home and community, while providing a safe and secure environment to support learning and communication;
- Google Apps for Education facilitates our email communication and collaboration and sharing of documents with accessibility anywhere from any type of device.
- Destiny Library System & online databases like Ebsco. More information on our library resources can be found here.
The Elementary School is equipped with iPads and Chromebooks in each homeroom classroom to accommodate the diverse learning tools that students can access -- from capturing moments in photos and video to accessing applications to enhance their learning to the use of Google docs in Grades 3-5 for collaborating and recording.In addition the Elementary School is equipped with:
- a PC Computer lab - bookable for classes;
- an extra cart of 20 chromebooks for language and specialist classroom checkout;
- 10 iPads for checkout.
The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program is designed to enhance learning through responsible, authentic, and personalized experiences. BYOD was first introduced with grade 6 during the 2013-14 school year and progressed to include all Middle School students during 2014-15. BYOD expanded to include ninth and tenth grade students in the 2015-2016 academic year. Starting in the fall of 2015, all students in grades six through ten will be required to bring their own laptop to school each day. With their own devices in hand and with guidance from their teachers, engaged students have taken ownership of their education and are forming critical skills needed for 21st Century success in learning and beyond. See the BYOD Minimum Requirements & Recommendations page for more details.
In addition to each student bringing in their own devices, the Secondary School is equipped with:
- a PC Computer lab - bookable for classes and shared with ICT electives such as robotics, programming, and game design;
- a lab of 12 iMacs to provide improved access to video and photo editing and is used for digital arts classes, construction of the yearbook and multimedia projects;
- over 60 iPads available to classes to open the door for 2:1 access to devices as well as portability for apps and multimedia access;
- 2 carts of 20 chromebooks for 11th and 12th grade students to checkout for classroom use.