Rosedale Baptist School recognizes that technology is a powerful tool and is committed to equipping every teacher and classroom with technology that will enhance the academic program of RBS. Proper instruction of technology usage will help students gain a better understanding of educational objectives inside the classroom, improve their technology skills and abilities, and equip students with skills that will enable them to be adaptable to rapidly changing technology. In addition to educational objectives, Rosedale Baptist School seeks to utilize technology to “do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31) and to provide students with discernment towards proper use of technology (Proverbs 1:4; Philippians 1:9).
Technology in Elementary School
Kindergarten and elementary classes are equipped with classroom computers that utilize either LCD projectors or short-cast projectors. Elementary classes are also equipped with Mimio interactive technology. This technology functions as an interactive white board to transform a normal whiteboard into a smart, interactive digital board. This technology enables teachers to incorporate a host of teaching tools in the classroom while also including student interactive response. Our Mimio technology includes a high definition camera that magnifies objects. Mimio technology also includes student response voting technology which helps teachers to immediately gain feedback on the class’s ability to understand new material. In addition, elementary teachers are equipped with classroom iPads that can be utilized for student use as well as for the Accelerated Reader Program.
All students in our elementary classes are given time each week to visit the computer lab. Here students learn typing through online programs and reinforce subjects such as mathematics and language arts through the IXL program.
Technology in Secondary School
All teachers are equipped with classroom iPads which provide each teacher with powerful tools to enhance RBS’s academic program. Apple hardware and classroom projectors in each classroom enable each teacher to convert this mobile device into a dynamic classroom learning tool. Teachers are able to implement more visual and interactive tools into their teaching, use multiple applications that promote new concepts, reinforce difficult content, and review testing material.
Middle school students in grades 6-8 each take a technology class. Lenovo Chrome books are used to teach personal accountability, Internet safety, and digital citizenship. Technology objectives for middle school would include typing, Google applications and e-mail, virtual classes, and computer literacy. Eighth grade has an additional component of coding and basic computer operations.
High school students are required to take a minimum of one full technology credit. This component reinforces typing and adds the additional module of Microsoft Office for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The Chrome books are available to middle school and high school teachers based on availability to utilize in their classes. Various virtual classrooms such as Edmodo and Google Classroom are used to reinforce learning, to submit assignments, and to promote collaboration. The addition of the TurnItIn program this year provides the additional technology component of digital submissions.
Rosedale is registered as an educational institution with Google, and all students in grades 6-12 are assigned a Google e-mail address. These e-mail accounts have been created to enhance learning inside the classroom and to increase communication between the school and students. Technology can be a tremendous tool for learning and productivity, and the desire of Rosedale Baptist School is to help students discern the appropriate uses for technology and equip them to use it wisely and properly. A student wireless network is provided by RBS for educational purposes only. Content and restriction filtering protocols have been established inside the school network to limit access to questionable, objectionable, or illegal activities. All Internet usage policies and e-mail policies are included in the Student Handbook.