At SouthLake Christian Academy Information Technology is richly integrated into our curriculum through the use of SMART boards, computers, and laptops in the classrooms. Our students have the opportunity to apply technology to critical thinking, communication, data collection, analysis, problem solving and the arts. Our teachers are committed to effectively using technology in the curricula, and our IT staff is continually developing and updating technology capabilities that benefit our students.
SMART boards are interactive whiteboards which can significantly enhance learning. Think of it as a computer monitor that is a touch-pad the size of a classroom chalkboard. SouthLake's curriculum includes digital content, which on the SMART boards, is engaging, motivating, resulting in students paying more attention during lessons. This encourages greater student participation in the classroom. The technology enables instructors and students to have access to unlimited informational resources that can connect an isolated classroom with the world. We believe it is essential for our students to develop a high level of competency in the use and application of a broad range of technologies.
SouthLake also has state-of-the-art computer labs in both the middle and upper schools, a mini-lab equipped with research stations in the library, a college counseling kiosk, and computers in the lower school classrooms.
SouthLake also employs technology in communications with students and families. Everything from updated grade reports to directions to the big game can be accessed by each family and student. Syllabi, assignments and project descriptions are available on-line via secure access for students and parents. We continue to enhance our on-line tools to further improve intra-school communications.
"Technological education begins early at SouthLake Christian Academy, as we strive to integrate technology as a seamless learning tool. Students are taught everything from keyboarding to programming in a cyber-protected environment. We want to promote effective, efficient and ethical use of technology by students and staff. By doing so, everyone will successfully engage the future."