In the Junior school, it is our vision to create an educational environment which promotes engages learning activities for students, enhanced by technology. The grade 1 and 2 students have 2 class sets of shared Pads. The grade 3, 4 and 5 students have individual devices, housed and stored in their classroom, and the grade 6 and 7’s have personal devices which they take to classes and bring home. All the devices are school owned, managed, and supported.
All students have supervised full access to the Internet, with the permission of their parents, and are expected to adhere to the school's Responsible Use of Technology Policy in their use of the Internet and the digital school community. All students have ongoing lessons in digital literacy, including online safety, ethical behaviour, and social media, and privacy. Loss of iPad privileges results if a student does not adhere to the Policy and school guidelines for computer use.
The students in the junior school use a variety of applications to collaborate, connect, show, share and deepen their learning. Through these applications, students develop their technology, communication, and problem-solving skills. Highlights of our integration include the use of school owned Google accounts and all related Google Apps through G Suite for Education, Seesaw - an online student journal, Explain Everything - a creative tool for digital storytelling, and Tynker - computational thinking and programming.
It is not essential for students to have the same programs at home, as they can use the devices at school as needed.
Crofton House School has a networked environment of Apple and PC computers.
There are a number of areas in the Senior School where students can access or use computers. In addition to the desktop computers, laptop computers are located in the library and on carts throughout the school for classroom use.
Our networked environment gives the students access to network software, library resources, the Internet, and email from any computer in the school.
Each student has her own Google Apps for Education account, which gives students access to a multitude of online services such as Documents, Spreadsheets, and Presentations, which enable students to edit and collaborate on their work. Additional Google services include Google Earth, Sketchup, Calendar, and Blogger. All student documents and presentations are stored online and are accessible from home, school, and anywhere there is an internet connection.
CHS has its own Internet server. This server gives students easy access to the Internet individually or as part of a class.
Students must adhere to the school's Responsible Use of Technology Policy in their use of the Internet and the school network.
The students use a variety of software for curriculum work and projects, and the development of technology skills. It is not essential for students to have the same software programs at home, as they are able to use the computers in school for homework and project work before school, at lunch, and after school every day, as well as during class time. As scheduling and supervision permits, computer access is available to students as of 7:45am and until 4:30pm.
As of September 2013, each student will be given an Apple computer for her exclusive use at school and at home.
Computer Internet Safety and Etiquette
Students have regular lessons in Internet safety and email protocol. Students are taught ethical guidelines related to computer use. Eating and drinking is strictly prohibited at computers in the school. Misuse of these guidelines will result in the loss of computer privileges.
Students wishing to bring their own laptop computers to school, and wishing to access internet, do so at their own risk and must comply with the standards and expectations as outlined by the school. In such instances, students should secure and return the appropriate approval form from the senior school office.