At Whitefield Academy, technology is used as a tool to enhance student learning by increasing engagement, efficiency, and differentiation. We believe that cultivating digital stewardship through a biblical lens prepares our students to exercise Godly wisdom in college and career. Through iPads, Google Chromebooks, and our Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) program, students are introduced to and trained in technology usage in developmentally and academically appropriate ways.
Guided by teacher instruction, Lower School students use school-provided iPads and/or Google Chromebooks while at school to research, practice, collaborate, and share. Lower School students are not required to bring their own device. All Lower School parents may access their child’s Google Classroom, a Google app designed to streamline assignments, boost collaboration, and foster communication. Beginning in 2nd grade, students begin accessing Google Classroom themselves.
Whitefield uses 5th and 6th grades to introduce and scaffold use of Schoology, our learning management system, to prepare students to use this digital tool as the communication vehicle between student, teacher, and parent as it is used in 7th-12th grades. Students in 5th and 6th grade take a rotational course on digital stewardship which helps refine basic technology skills and learn about the advantages and potential dangers of technology.
Students in 5th and 6th grade are not required to bring their own laptop. Instead, they will use school-provided Google Chromebooks while on campus. As they near the 7th-12th grade BYOL program, families of 5th and 6th grade students may begin thinking about what laptop would best suit their child’s and family’s needs.
Students in 7th through 12th grade use Schoology to access course materials, submit assignments, view grades and correspond with teachers, and Schoology login credentials for students and parents will be included in a midsummer email.
Additionally, students in 7th through 12th grade are required to bring their own laptop as part of our BYOL program. Should your child use a Mac or a PC? To a large degree, this preference depends upon who you ask and your child’s interest. Each one has strengths and weaknesses. Practically speaking, however, either one can serve the purposes for which technology will be used on campus.
For any technology questions, please contact the the Pack Parent Hotline at 678-305-1833 or [email protected].
Whitefield Academy students in grades 7 through 12 are required to bring their own laptops to school. In an increasingly digital age, it is vital to teach students appropriate, effective, and safe usage of technology. Minimum specifications for both Mac and PC laptops can be found below.
While PreK through second grade utilize tools such as Smart Boards, iPads, LCD projectors, etc. – to enhance particular segments of learning – the children in this age group are primarily encouraged to develop habits of reading books, working creatively on projects, and engaging their peers in games or recreation.
Teachers in the third through sixth grades have access to both a mobile computer lab of chrome books and a fully equipped computer lab. Throughout the school, teachers use interactive whiteboards (SmartBoards and Promethean) for in-class instruction. The library also incorporates appropriate technology for research and student use.
Whitefield has adopted Schoology as its learning management system to allow both students and parents access to course resources and to provide communication between students, faculty, and parents in a safe online environment. In addition, the Parent Portal portion of the website facilitates communication of information from the school to families and provides online parent resources.
Young students are introduced formally to technology through a computer class in the third and fourth grades. During fifth and sixth grades, technology is incorporated into classroom learning through use of the mobile Chrome Book cart as well as more directly through a sixth grade computer rotation course.
Seventh through twelfth grades participate in the BYOL program with integration of technology throughout the curriculum. Upper School course offerings include computer science, AP computer science, theater tech, innovation class, and graphic design. A robotics club meets on Wednesday mornings.
In the Innovation Lab, students have access to:
Not only do students learn and practice specific skills in the Innovation Lab, but they also have the opportunity to exercise character-building attributes such as persistence, adaptability, and cooperation, equipping them for the challenges and rigors of future careers.
While the Innovation Lab is utilized during school hours by regular academic classes, Whitefield also offers Mini-Skills Courses after school. Students can register for these courses to learn specific skills, such as woodworking, sewing, and much more. Check back soon for more information on upcoming Mini-Skills Courses.