Central to the implementation of our IB and language-immersion curriculum to achieve our mission is the restructuring of the learning environment and the instructional experience. We plan to achieve this in large part by incorporating technology into every facet of the instructional program. We believe that technological proficiency is another form of multilingualism, and that 21st Century students must master technology literacy. Technology at DCI meets our environmental (paperless education), social justice (access for all), and academic (students will be able to progress at higher levels through the curriculum) goals.
Each student will receive their own Chromebook before school begins and will utilize online instructional modules to become more proficient at keyboarding and familiar with the devices and applications. We realize that not all students in the District have access to technology in their homes, so our partnership with Comcast’s Internet Essentials Program will facilitate home internet connection for qualifying families at a reduced rate of $9.95 per month and the opportunity to buy a home computer for $149 with free internet training, available online, in print and in person.
For the duration of the students’ learning career at DCI, the Chromebooks will be in their possession: afterschool, at home, during breaks, and over the summer. Students will have the ability to learn anytime and anywhere there is an Internet connection. They’ll be able to work with each other, connect with their international partners/homestay friends, and access their teachers and coursework beyond the school day. Students will learn about technology and its application by using technology as an integral component of learning and production.
We believe our 1:1 technology program will result in:
- improved equity of access to technology
- reduced paper and our carbon footprint
- increased student engagement
- increased opportunities for acceleration or remediation
- varied instructional formats
- improved home/school communication and connections
- more collaborative and cooperative learning
- preparation for postsecondary education and employment environments