At Academy at the Lakes, technology is more than just a tool – it is an increasingly important part of our lives. We believe in empowering our students to develop and demonstrate a high degree of proficiency in computers and other technology before they graduate from high school.
Technology Integration at Academy at the Lakes
- We are a 1-to-1 computer community in grades 5-12. All Academy students in grades 7-12 are required to bring a laptop or tablet to school each day. Students in grades 5-6 have access to Microsoft Surface Tablets for classroom use.
- All of our classrooms in grades JK through grade 12 feature 60-inch interactive televisions for use during teaching lessons and student presentations.
- Academy offers a STEM club for students in grades 9-12, as well as a “hacker space” where students are encouraged to gather after school and collaborate on technology projects.
- Students in our Lower Division (grades PreK3 through 4) attend technology classes on a regular basis, including a robotics class for students in grades 3-4.
- Academy utilizes Moodle Learning Management System which allows our teachers to post lesson content and resources online and our students to submit assignments online.
- Students and parents have access to RenWeb, a school management system that includes grades, assignments, and attendance records.
- All students in grades 5-12 receive a “@wiredwildcats.org” account. This service is based on Microsoft Outlook and provides e-mail, saved contacts, calendars appointments, and reminders. It can be added to students’ cell phones for instant access, and teachers use these email addresses for classroom communications with students.
- Students and faculty use SkyDrive for online storage and access to their files that is available from any device. This service also provides access to Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, allowing students to create and modify these files without the need to purchase Microsoft Office.
- Students have access to over 25,000 books and periodicals online to assist them with research projects.
- Students have the option to use Evernote, a tool to help organize notes, photos, website links, and other content.
- We continue to expand our use of electronic textbooks, including those with multimedia content.
If you have any questions about Academy’s technology initiatives, please contact our Director of Technology, Steven Burnley at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 948-7600.
Read about our Laptop Requirement here.