At BCD, technology is considered a fundamental component of the academic curriculum. Students begin taking a computer class in Grade 4 to learn about computers. The curriculum in this first year focuses on getting to know the basics of common office and cloud-based applications, file management, safety and responsibility. The spiraling curriculum then focuses on proficiency in computer applications and the use of computers as collaborative problem-solving, research, multimedia creation and presentation tools. By Upper School, students become proficient with a number of different social media applications, online tools, and software, and use the computer to collaborate and work on classroom assignments.
BCD’s vision for Technology is that:
1. Students use the tools available to them to solve problems inside and outside the classroom, and make wise and informed decisions about the content they access, create, and share.
2. Using technology, students and teachers actively venture outside the classroom walls to communicate, collaborate, and explore.
3. Teachers gain needed skills and comfort, as well as exposure to current uses of technology, in order to seamlessly integrate technology into their classrooms.
To support the use of technology as part of the curriculum and class work, BCD makes available a PC-based computer lab, Mac-based graphic design lab, a wireless computer lab, and dedicated computers for Midi music and digital film. In 2010, BCD installed a campus-wide fiber optic network to facilitate high-speed wireless Internet access from all campus buildings.
To support school-to-parent and teacher-to-parent communications, BCD has developed its own online community for parents, students, and teachers, called MyBCD, where important school information and homework assignments are posted, and where all things about BCD can be found. Visit MyBCD.