As technology continues to evolve and develop, Southwest Christian School is committed to keeping pace to ensure that our students graduate with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful. Both campuses are equipped with cutting edge technology and initiatives to support academic programming. Beyond the physical technology, Southwest Christian is committed to teaching and modeling Digital Citizenship so that students are able to articulate and put safe technology practices into place.
Technology is used in three major ways:
As a tool for teachers: Teachers are given cutting edge technology to be able to teach well. All classrooms are outfitted with SMART interactive whiteboard and projectors. In addition, all teachers have current, up-to-date computers that allow them to run the latest applications and be productive throughout the day.
Integrated in Curriculum: Teachers are trained to use technology in ways that enhance their content areas. Technology is not just used as a novelty, but rather it is used in ways that help students achieve content objectives. Teachers regularly undergo technology professional development where they are shown best practices as well as emerging technology trends. All classrooms have access to a computer lab, laptop carts, or iPad carts. In addition, all elementary classrooms have dedicated computers, and some middle school and high school classrooms do as well. The ratio of school owned devices to students is roughly 1:3.
Technology Instruction: The technology department offers a range of technology courses from elementary rotations, to productivity, all the way to programming and robotics. Students have a host of opportunities to learn basic and advanced functions alike. The goal is that students graduate from SCS with the skills to be successful in college and have had the opportunity to explore interests that could affect their career choices.
Technology initiatives are deeply rooted in research as well as current and emergent technology best practices. In addition, SCS technology initiatives have been published, and presented at national conferences.