NCPA is a 1:1 laptop school where technology is embedded into daily learning. Students must come to school with a MacBook Pro laptop in grades 9-12 and an iPad for grades 7-8. Software required for classes is provided by the school and installed on student computers. All teachers are provided with an iPad (in grades 7-8) and a Mac laptop in all grades. Online resources, virtual learning environment and collaboration tools are some of the features using technology to complement and enhance learning in our school. Students must adhere to NCPA's Code of Conduct for Responsible Use of Internet and Technology.
Integrating technology into classroom instruction means more than teaching basic computer skills and software programs in a separate computer class. “it’s about sharing knowledge and information, communicating efficiently, building learning communities and creating a culture of professionalism in schools.”
NCPA will incorporate technology as an integrated part of education and the sharing of information locally and globally. Students, teachers, and administrators will meet the following criteria.
Consistent with the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for Students, students will:
- Demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
- Use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
- Apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
- Use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.
- Understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.
- Demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.
Consistent with the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for Teachers, teachers will:
- Use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments.
- Design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessment incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified in the NETS•S.
- Exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society.
- Understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional practices.
- Continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources.
Consistent with the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for Administrators, administrators will:
- Inspire and lead development and implementation of a shared vision for comprehensive integration of technology to promote excellence and support transformation throughout the organization.
- Create, promote, and sustain a dynamic, digital age learning culture that provides a rigorous, relevant, and engaging education for all students.
- Promote an environment of professional learning and innovation that empowers educators to enhance student learning through the infusion of contemporary technologies and digital resources.
- Provide digital age leadership and management to continuously improve the organization through the effective use of information and technology resources.
- Model and facilitate understanding of social, ethical, and legal issues and responsibilities related to an evolving digital culture.