Technology

technology3MCA is on the leading edge of educational technology. At MCA, technology is neither the goal nor the focal point, but rather one important tool that helps to propel us toward our stated mission. Students are taught keyboarding, word-processing, database, research, spreadsheets, presentation development, beginning programming, and videography as part of their technology specific instruction. In addition, students also learn many technical aspects through integrated lessons and special projects. The school has a traditional computer lab in the Lower Elementary wing, and is equipped with twenty-two Opti-Plex 755 SFF PCs for students, and one as a teaching station. There are two Dell Opti-Plex 755 PCs in every K-2 classroom, one Dell Opti-Plex 755 in each 3rd-5th grade class, and all upper school students are equipped with a Samsung Chromebook, the use of which is integrated into their daily studies in all subject areas. For more information about student laptops, visit our One To One Laptop Initiative page and review the MCA Laptop Acceptable Use Policy.

K-5 regularly uses the lab in the Lower Elementary wing.

K-5 regularly uses the lab in the Lower Elementary wing.

All classrooms and labs have Interactive white boards or interactive panels, and all teachers are equipped with laptops to aid in planning and in lesson preparation. IPads are also used throughout the school by teachers, and used by students in special departmental settings. The MCA network is managed on two switches and is connected to the Internet with broadband service. The network is protected by a firewall and a subscription-based content filter to ensure safe computing for faculty and students. All grade levels share various digital cameras and digital video recorders for special projects and recording of notable events. Grade specific software is installed on classroom and lab computers. Upper school students use software text versions for some classes, such as algebra. Software is accessed via the Internet.