- About Bay View
- Why Bay View
- Lower School
- Middle School
- Upper School
Academy - Wide
Technology department members provide support to the faculty and staff academy-wide resulting in seamless technology integration throughout the pre-K through grade twelve curriculum. All students and teachers have ready access to technology throughout the day with wireless Internet access, three fully networked computer labs, mobile laptop labs in the upper school, one-to-one computing in the middle school and netbooks and iPads in the lower school. The addition of Google Apps for Education provides easy access to files from anywhere with an Internet connection. Finally, Edline, our on-line learning community management system, facilitates communication between the Academy and home.
At the lower school, all students take part in weekly technology classes using a variety of software and applications including: Microsoft Office, IXL math, and Explore Learning’s Gizmos. In an effort to select the most appropriate technology for each age group, our robotics program begins with students in pre-k using the Bee-Bot programmable robot and over time progresses to the Lego Mindstorms NXT kit. Our award winning robotics team is open to all students in grades five through eight. Early childhood students use iPads in the classrooms for letter and sound recognition and math activities. Grades three, four and five have six netbooks in each classroom. Starting in grade four our lower school students receive an in-house Google Apps for Education account complete with a school e-mail address and online word-processing, spreadsheet and presentation software. What’s more we have an adjustable Promethean interactive white board, whose height is easily modified for each age group, that is regularly signed out by classroom teachers.
Middle school students enjoy one-to-one netbook computing carrying their own netbook with them during the day. Consquently, each student uses technology in all her subjects including online text books. Moreover, tech support, for the netbook program, is provided by the girls, as they are the ones who download and install open source and free software on the netbooks. Every student in the middle school has an in-house Google Apps for education account and is able to access her classwork at home and at school. Integrated with both the math and science curriculum, the robotics program uses Robolab and the Lego Mindstorms kit. Students use a variety of programs including: Open Office, Microsoft Office, Google Apps, Moviemaker, Google Earth, Adobe Photoshop, IXL math, and Explore Learning’s Gizmos. Indeed, using technology is a large part of every middle school student and teacher’s day.
At the upper school the computer department offers the following courses: Computer Forensics, Introduction to Engineering, Desktop Publishing, Web Mastering, and Programming in Visual Basic. Like the lower and middle school students, upper school students have Google Apps for Education accounts; however, the upper school students have e-mail access outside the Bay View domain. In addition, technology is also used in many departments across the upper school. There are interactive white boards in about one third of the classrooms and all math classrooms have interactive white boards that interface with Elmo projectors. A mobile MAC lab is used for art classes, science students have access to a laptop lab loaded with science-related software and world language students enjoy a state of the art language lab. Both middle and upper school music students make use of our brand new keyboarding lab. The Angell Writing Center and the Champlin Math lab provide drop-in access to technology with the added support of English and math faculty members. Finally our guidance counselors use Naviance to determine each student’s areas of interest and match her with colleges and universities.
The Gribbin Library, open to all middle and upper school students, has fourteen desktop computers, as well as, a mobile laptop lab available for teachers to sign-out. To provide the most current and reliable information to our students, the Academy subscribes to a variety of databases including: Culturegrams, World Book Encyclopedia, and Gale Group Online. In addition, we subscribe to Discovery Education and Explore Learning’s Gizmos. All are available on the Internet for easy access at home and at school.
Bay View’s commitment to technology is a pledge to a student-centered environment. Members of the academy-wide technology department facilitate technology-related professional development for faculty and staff, so they in turn can offer each student the best possible individualized education experience. From the iPads apps used in the early childhood classes to Naviance software for college placement in the upper school our technology choices demonstrate Bay View’s commitment to ensuring each student success now and in the future.