Preparing our Children for the Future with the latest in Technology


Bayside Academy’s technology incorporates numerous aspects of the 21st century information technology curriculum. Our school community has four computer labs and a portable laptop cart system for student and faculty use, as well as a video conferencing system. Faculty utilizes Smart boards, iPads, LCD projectors, laptops, curriculum based software, digital microscopes, and subscription based educational programs to enhance students’ knowledge.

Built on a state-of-the-art fiber optic network, Bayside Academy is able to provide bandwidth for students and faculty to explore and create content in a variety of areas. High speed switches in each building provide the backbone for VOIP phone service to classrooms and wireless access for student and faculty devices. H.323 video conferencing is available for use by faculty, students and parents to connect with speakers world-wide providing real time conversations about topics ranging from college admissions to the environment. This network allows for the continual growth required by today's quickly changing technological landscape.

Student Laptop Program: Rising 7th-12th grade students are required to bring a laptop device to school each day that meets these requirements. Through CDW, which is a leading provider of integrated information technology solutions, we have set up a custom page that lists devices compatible with our network. Click here to visit the CDW site. For Apple products, click here to download the recommended Apple devices.

technology-based terms:

Millennials

Typically referred to as the generation with birth years from the late 1980's through the early 2000's.  This is the first generation influenced by the Internet and digital communications from birth.   

BYOD

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a system that requires students to supply and utilize their own web-enabled device or technology in a school setting.  A recent study by IBM showed increased productivity and employee satisfaction following integration of a BYOD program in the workplace.  Adoption of a BYOD program in schools requires a strong and expandable infrastructure alongside extensive training for students and faculty.    

COW

Carts on Wheels (COW) describes a mobile cart of laptops and/or tablet computers for use by students in the context of a lesson plan devised by faculty.  The COW typically resides in a central location and is checked out by faculty for use much like a set of books may be checked out of a library.  

Tablet Computer

A tablet is a type of laptop computer that includes a touchscreen for direct input either via a finger or stylus “pen”.  Many tablets also offer the functionality of a traditional keyboard for data entry.  Here is a small sampling of tablet computers currently available on the market. 

Open source material

Open source material refers to free and universal access and redistribution of either an application (Gmail) or information source (Wikipedia).  Many of the applications and sources of information necessary to teach effectively in the 21st Century are available in open source format.  The accuracy and depth of open source resources such as Wikipedia have recently outpaced professional journals and as early as 2005, Wikipedia was found to be as accurate as the Encyclopedia Britanica.  See a blog exploring open source in the context of K-12 schools here.

Application (App)

An application (app) refers to software, or a computer program, that executes useful tasks such as, but not limited to; writing, presenting, spreadsheets, organization, communication, and even gaming.  One suite of apps that is gaining in popularity amongst schools is Google Apps for Education.     

Cloud storage

Cloud storage refers to a system allowing storage of files and data in virtualized pools generally hosted by third parties on large servers that are accessed via the Internet.  Cloud storage provides users instant access to files on a web-enabled device anywhere that a data connection is available without requiring large amounts of storage capacity on the local device.  Cloud storage also provides extensive options for collaboration across networks – a key feature of Google Docs.      

Web-enabled

A web-enabled device is one that is capable of connecting to the Internet or running an application from the Web.  Virtually all smart phones, tablets, laptops, and desk top computers are web-enabled.  Televisions, projectors, and even automobiles are becoming increasingly web-enabled.

 

Sonny Joiner
Director of IT
(251) 338-6350

 
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