UPPER SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY
In the spring of 2010, we launched our iLearn initiative. This initiative connects the LCA mission, the learning environment, and students of the 21st century with skills such as creativity, innovation, and collaboration. iLearn is focused on using the best practices and methodology for learning, not on deploying any specific technology devices.
The application of technology is paramount. Every US student is required to have a mobile device of his/her choosing. However, we understand that having a device doesn’t make him/her prepared to apply the technology. Integrating the use of technology into our student’s daily routine teaches them how to effectively apply this tool.
The introduction of new technology to classrooms has given us the tremendous opportunity to expand our instruction. We provide enrichment opportunities for students to drill down deeper into areas in which they are passionate. Students complete research beyond what is available in a textbook and express a complex project result using their choice of media. For example, in science students may compose a quick video highlighting different outcomes of an experiment or build an online presentation focusing on detailed representations of the data. In addition, it allows us to provide additional practice for students who need it through online material, and their progress can be quickly and easily assessed.
In 2013, LCA added a state of the art Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Lab and curriculum program that will prepare students to be leaders in the global economy. The STEM program, developed by Project Lead the Way, brings a whole new world of possibilities to LCA students through a comprehensive and robust program that embraces real world applications. LCA will instruct upper school students in the Gateway to Technology courses Design & Modeling and Automation & Robotics – the two fundamental courses for experiencing STEM applications.
Our applied use of technology gives us the ability to more efficiently evaluate how we are accomplishing our daily mission of “preparing our students academically, spiritually and socially for God’s call on their lives.”