Technology is embedded in every expedition McAuliffe scholars participate in, aiding scholars in the creation of podcasts, apps, slideshows, brochures, and many more endeavors. Scholars are assigned a Google Chromebook at the beginning of the year and carry it from class to class before returning it to the charging cart at the end of each day. Every scholar participates in a trimester of Technology for Life and Learning (or T4L2), taught by our Technology Integration Coordinator Michelle Ciccone.
The four questions that guide our use of technology at McAuliffe are:
- Do McAuliffe students use technology responsibly?
- Do McAuliffe students use technology in a way that professionals do?
- Do McAuliffe teachers use technology to differentiate content for students?
- Does the use of technology in lessons at McAuliffe increase student engagement?
Once a year McAuliffe scholars participate in an Hour of Code to explore how anyone can learn the basics of computer science. Those interested also take part in a Hackathon once a year where they can collaboratively brainstorm, design, and present projects in one day.
Chromebooks and Usage
Before a Chromebook is assigned, scholars and parents/guardians sign an agreement stating the privileges of the Chromebook and consequences of breaking, losing, or misusing it.
Every scholar and staff member is assigned a personal Google for Education account that stays with them throughout their years at McAuliffe. Scholars and teachers communicate regularly through Google Mail and use Drive for document collaboration and file sharing.
Teachers utilize Google Classroom to post assignments and announcements and Powerschool for their online gradebook. The Powerschool gradebook has an online scholar and parent portal for easy tracking of academic progress any time at home.
All Chromebook web browsers also have TextHelp's Google Read and Write installed to provide technological reading and writing support. Some features include reading the text to the scholar, highlighting tools, and text-to-speech if the scholar wishes to talk instead of type.