Technology @Briarwood

Briarwood Christian School is committed to preparing our students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. An essential part of this preparation is teaching students to use technology to access, analyze, organize, synthesize, and communicate information. BCS provides access to sophisticated technology through three up-to-date computer labs, computer courses, Interactive SMART Board Technology, and our Learning Unleashed 1:1 computing program (grades 7-12).

Computer Technology in Early Childhood and Elementary

Beginning in first grade, BCS students have access to computer technology. In the elementary grades, computer instruction centers on teaching basic familiarity with computers, essential keyboarding skills, and computer projects that are integrated with core classroom instruction.

Computer Technology in Junior and Senior High

In the junior and senior high program, computer instruction builds upon the skills gained in the lower grades by bringing the application of computer technology to real world situations. Computer ethics, computers in society and business, computer systems, word processing, spreadsheets, database management, and multimedia authoring are some of the units covered.

IC3 Certification

The senior high computer course includes The Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC) program.  IC3 is the world’s first validated, standards-based training and certification program for basic computing and Internet knowledge and skills. Successful completion of IC ensures that students have the knowledge and skills required for basic use of computer hardware, software, networks, and the Internet.  IC is a student’s gateway to advancement in education, employment, or other certification programs.

IC provides a foundation for additional certifications, individuals can move on to achieve desktop application-specific certifications such as MOS, as well as more advanced technical application-specific certifications such as CompTIA’s A+.  IC has also earned American Council of Education (ACE) credit recommendation for college education.
IC certification provides core skills and knowledge necessary to use computer applications and the internet.  The IC certification is comprised of three separate modules: Computing Fundamentals, Key Applications, and Living Online.

Interactive SMART Boards

As a part of our ongoing commitment to providing state-of-the-art technology for our students, all classrooms in the 1st-12th grades and all computer labs use Interactive SMART Boards.  Interactive SMART boards are whiteboards that function simultaneously as a white board, a computer, a media player, and an overhead projector rolled into one unit.

Interactive whiteboards are used as replacements for traditional whiteboards, providing ways for showing students material on the computer (e.g., software applications), access web sites, show videos, news clips, model scientific and mathematical problems, etc.

Learning Unleashed

Learning Unleashed is an engaging and innovative 1:1 computing program for students in grades 7-12. Learning Unleashed provides students with an iPad and access to Macbooks, digital textbooks, and other digital tools in a project and problem based learning environment where students actively participate in learning that includes collaboration work, video conferencing, and opportunities to publish and present their work to authentic audiences. Students learn to use the digital communication and organizational tools they will need in college and for work. Learning Unleashed incorporates what we know from brain research so that teaching is engaging and varied resulting in deeper understanding.

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