Junior High 1-1 iPad Program Announced for Fall 2022
Years ago, pencils, paper and basic textbooks were the supplies every child needed to learn at school. Today, computers, iPads and various technologies are the essential tools required for success. It is absolutely critical that students have a computer device to engage in a tech-rich learning environment enabling them to research, learn, collaborate, create, and publish.
FCS is adopting a 1:1 iPad program for all middle school students beginning next school year (August 2022).
Foothill Christian School believes that it is imperative for students to have access to a wide-variety of technology that will not only improve the school's curriculum, instruction, and assessment, but will also more fully prepare students to meet the demands of the 21st century workplace in a manner that glorifies God. Literature, history, and mathematics are at the core of our curriculum. However, today's world also requires a set of skills necessary for students to thrive in college and beyond, and most of those skills are directly related to technology.
With over 100 student accessible computers in the classrooms and labs, plus large screen TV’s and projection units in every classroom, the use of interactive “Smart” board technology and key learning software programs FCS students become “world-class learners.” Our graduates have superior technology skills that support their learning at the most rigorous high schools and help them rise to the challenges required of a 21st century education!Technology in the Classroom
Every classroom from TK-8th grade is equipped with teacher laptops, document cameras, one or more computer workstations for student use, and interactive whiteboard programs and projectors that are connected through Apple TV. Teachers have access to their own iPad, Apple trackpads, as well as a mobile student iPad cart for interactive and collaborative blended learning opportunities. Many grade levels are also utilizing AR (Augmented Reality) technology to dive deeper into the various subjects and bring them to life. We have brought the "world and the best educational resources" right into the classrooms. They're just a click away!
Accelerated Reader and Khan Academy
Students also engage in the Accelerated Reader program. This technology-based program allows students to read books that are appropriate to their individual levels, take quizzes on computers or iPads, and track their own performance in reading comprehension respectively. A wide selection of books are available to our students in our school library which contains over 6,000 titles.
Technology in the Lab
Each student in 1st-5th grades enjoys weekly 40-minute computer lessons. Teachers are encouraged to bring their classrooms to the computer lab for additional research and learning opportunities.
In the computer lab, students are learning how to use Microsoft Office (1st - 4th grade) and Google Suite (5th grade). Students also learn the basics of coding in order to prepare them for the junior high electives. Lastly, students will complete a hands on unit in Trimester 3 that varies for each grade level. Some projects include robots, creating your own video game, and using circuit boards/coding to bring projects to life.
Our grade level technology proficiencies are based on national standards developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). ISTE is recognized both nationally and internationally as a leader in technology education for students and staff alike. The skills for each year assume a mastery of the skills from the previous year.
Middle School Computer Electives
The middle school computer classes build upon the learning objectives from the elementary grades and launch the student into a whole new world of application and creativity.
Students explore different types of technology and will use Google Suite, Apple products, and various other professional software platforms in the process
Jr. High computer electives include:
- Architectural design in Minecraft
- Coding and Robotics using Lego Mindstorms
- 3D Printing and Drones
- App Design using Keynote and Coding
- Coding/Robotics Competition Team
- eSports Team
- Broadcast Journalism
- Apple's Everyone Can Create (photography, drawing, music)