Halifax CAIS Open House
At Armbrae, current technology surrounds our students everywhere they go, thoughtfully integrated into classroom learning and extracurricular activities across the campus and community, and providing support in off-campus settings for study and collaboration.
Technology at Armbrae recognizes that:
All Armbrae classrooms are equipped with Apple iMac computers connected to LCD projectors and interactive whiteboards (IWBs). A number of multimedia-ready classrooms also have integrated AppleTVs. Junior School classrooms have in-place student workstations (Apple iMacs), allowing students quick use of technology with no disruption of class routine.
The school has two laptop carts, each equipped with 20 Apple MacBook Air computers, and a tablet cart containing 25 Apple iPads. When teachers wish students to have small-group or 1-to-1 technology access they may choose either to bring their class to the Computer Lab or to bring the technology into their classrooms.
As a Google Apps for Education school, Armbrae provides age-appropriate access to a full suite of communication and collaboration tools from any location. These tools include email, messaging, calendaring, and document editing. Our learning management system, Schoology, provides a central location for students and parents to access course materials such as handouts and assignments.
The Computer Lab is a busy space. It hosts regularly-scheduled Computer and Research Skills classes and is used by teachers of many different courses and levels on an as-needed basis. Students are welcome to use the lab as a quiet workspace during their free time. The lab is equipped with 10 iMac workstations as well as deskspace for another 12 laptop users. Printing services (both traditional and 3D!) are provided.
Armbrae maintains redundant high speed connections to the Internet configured to automatically cover for each other. Current access speed is upwards of 100 Mbps, allowing both high bandwidth uploads and downloads and excellent reliability. End users connect through both wired and wireless access points.
Armbrae students don't have to look very far to find our technology—it surrounds and supports them at school and away.