Technology

Create a curriculum that intentionally integrates science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). ~ SAS Institutional Goal II

SAS students use computer applications in almost all their endeavors, from physics simulations to art installations. Students have access to school-owned computers in the Agee Library and Tech Lab, popular locations for getting school work done. Tech carts provide additional computers for classroom use as needed. Most boarding students keep a computer in their room and take advantage of the campus-wide high-speed Internet access.

Classroom technology includes Promethean interactive whiteboards and/or Epson BrightLink interactive projectors
and two Chromebook carts which may be reserved by any teacher for classroom use. Middle School students enjoy a one-to-one Chromebook program. Students learn to use word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and graphics software as well as class-specific applications such as Fathom (math) and Garageband (music).

Our classroom lab, which may be reserved by any teacher, has 18 Apple iMac computers. Sixth and seventh grade students take technology classes as part of their curriculum.

Our technology lab is available to students 8 a.m.–5 p.m. if a class does not have it reserved. The library also has six desktop computers available for student use. The academic and administrative buildings and the residential houses are all WiFi zones. A firewall provides appropriate filtering of web content, viruses, and junk email.

Students at our school are encouraged to use multiple hardware devices and to become adept at Windows, Mac OS, iPad, Chrome, and Android devices. Because our email system is Google based, student becomes proficient at using Google Drive, Calendar, Sites, and Contacts. It is common for students to collaborate on a shared Google document using Google Drive.

The school's Student Information System (powered by RenWeb) allows students and families ready access, including mobile access, to homework assignments, class schedules, directories, and other information.

The school employs a Technology Coordinator to provide support for student and administrative computer equipment. Both Apple and Windows-based computers and devices are fully supported. Most teachers prefer that papers and reports be submitted in a Microsoft Word compatible format.

The Technology Afternoon Program provides Upper School students with an opportunity to strengthen their problem-solving, design, collaboration, and production skills in a relaxed and supportive environment. These skills will be developed through exposure to a variety of technologies and devices, which typically include a MakerBot 3D printer, Sphero brand app-controlled robots, Vex Robotic equipment, Raspberry Pi 3 computers, and Macs. Throughout the Technology Afternoon Program, students will have opportunities to learn and practice HTML and Python coding skills and to design and complete their own independent projects. No prior technical knowledge is necessary to join this program; students must only bring their willingness to explore and create!

What should you bring?

SAS is a BYOD (Bring Your Owen Device) campus. That means that while we have plenty of public computers available in our academic building, we encourage students - especially boarders - to choose and bring the technology that they think will best meet their needs. Most students find that a laptop computer or iPad and a cell phone meets their needs. Printing can be done in the Tech Lab and library and many teachers will accept electronic submission of work.


Technology Philosophy

At SAS, technology is one of many tools used to encourage our students to create, collaborate, cooperate, and think critically in and out of the classroom. We foster technological competence that transcends any one application and encourage the development of innovative thinkers with nimble technological skills.

SAS encourages students to:

  • Be responsible, literate, and confident digital citizens.
  • Understand the norms of the technological landscape.
  • Be courteous, respectful, and appropriate in their technological communications.
  • Leverage technology effectively for research.
  • Evaluate information critically for validity and quality.
  • Use technology to collaborate and communicate.
  • Utilize technology as a learning platform and as a tool for design, production, problem-solving, presentation, and collaboration.

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