SAS students use computer applications in almost all of 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 Activ boards or Epson BrightLink interactive projectors and Chromebook carts which may be reserved by any teacher for classroom use. Middle School students enjoy a 1:1 Chromebook program. Students learn to use word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and graphics software as well as class-specific applications such as Fathom (math) and Logger Pro (physics).
1:1 Chromebook Program
As digital citizens, we expect that today’s students will be familiar and comfortable with a variety of computing devices. Increased access to devices and the internet means that teachers have more flexibility when using various technologies and devices in their classrooms. SAS has met this expectation, in part, by implementing a 1:1 Chromebook program along with explicit instruction in educational applications in Tech 6 and Tech 7 courses. It is our goal that a student entering high school would know both how to use a computing device for learning and be able to choose the type of device most suited for their particular needs.
Our Technology Lab, which may be reserved by any teacher, is equipped with Apple iMacs. Sixth and seventh grade students take technology classes as part of their curriculum. Other Innovation courses include IDE8 and Computing Essentials. The technology lab is available to students 8 a.m.–5 p.m. if a class does not have it reserved. The Agee Library is equipped with Windows desktop computers available for student use.
Wireless internet access is available in academic and administrative buildings and the residential houses. A firewall provides appropriate filtering of web content, viruses, and junk email.
SAS students 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, Slides, and Sheets. It is common for students to collaborate on a shared Google document using Google Drive.
Student Information System
The school's Student Information System (powered by FACTS) allows students and families ready access, including mobile access, to homework assignments, class schedules, directories, and other information.
The school employs an Educational Technology Coordinator and a Technology Coordinator to provide support for students, teachers, and other school personnel. Both Apple and Windows-based computers and devices are fully supported.
Technology Afternoon Program
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!
Tech Free Zones
Because we believe in a balance when it comes to tech use, certain community areas on campus, Robinson Dining Hall, McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts, and St. Andrew's Chapel are off-limits for personal technology devices. Students, faculty, and staff are asked to refrain from phone use in these areas. Classroom access is determined on a by teacher basis. Some teachers will require that students turn in their phones at the beginning of class while others may welcome technology use.