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Technology at ACA

Here at Asheville Christian Academy, we have taken large strides toward bringing relevant technology into the classroom and giving our teachers efficient and creative ways to teach and interact with students. We believe students must continue to grow as self-directed learners and choice will play an important role for students as they decide what to explore and pursue. The future will bring much more online learning and students will need to be aware of their own thought processes and be willing to collaborate and participate in their learning community.

Secondly, teachers will need to be able to help students pursue their interests through researching and collaborating via the Web. Teachers must be able to help students sort out what is junk and what is valuable observation and information. Evaluating resources is a skill that students will use throughout their educational career and lives.

ACA provides every student with wireless access, free Office 365 accounts where they can install the Full Microsoft Office Suite on up to 10 devices and eLearning access to our LMS (Learning Management System) Moodle.

Device Recommendations - B.Y.O.D. (Upper School Only)

In an effort to provide the best learning environment for your incoming ninth grader that will be using Moodle, we will need your child to be prepared with a device that will allow for optimum participation and learning. Before purchasing a device, please follow the guidelines provided below as well as reading the below Technology Letter for the 2017-2018 school year.

FAQ's
 

Q:  What grades use laptops at ACA?

A.  Students in Grades 9 - 12 are required to use their own laptop computer at school.  Grades 3-8 will have access to laptop carts for research and projects.

Q:  Will students be expected to bring their laptops to school every day?

A.  Yes

Q: Will the laptops be used in each class every day?

A: Most days, but use of the laptop in class will depend on the content area and the appropriateness of technology for the lesson being taught. It is expected that the type and frequency of use will vary according to the curriculum. Laptops in the classroom can help to improve students’ writing as well as allow for spontaneous, student directed learning through Internet research, data collection and analysis, and multimedia presentations.

Q: What is the criteria for choosing a device?

A.  

The laptop must have a Windows or Mac operating system.
The laptop must be able to run the Microsoft Office Suite.
The laptop must have a physical keyboard.
The minimum screen size is 11.6 inches and above.
The laptop should be able to record audio and video.
The battery must last all-day. The battery life should have 6+ hours.
The processor must be an Intel Chipset Celeron or above, we recommend the Core I-series.
The storage on the laptop must be at least 128 GB of storage and a minimum of 4 GB of RAM.

NoteiPads and Chromebooks are not approved devices.

 

e-Learning

Moodle is a new breed of learning management system that provides students with the social networking look and feel. eLearning puts students, faculty and staff into a password-protected, virtual learning environment. The ACA community has twenty-four hour access to course calendars, content, supplemental resources, multimedia, and highlights of student achievement and activities.

Office 365

Students will have the latest Microsoft Office on all their devices and cloud storage to keep all their work at arms length at any given time. Our LMS will allow teachers to assess, disseminate content and provide a means for students to collaborate in a meaningful way.