Technology & Library

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The Canton Country Day School technology curriculum is based on the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NET*S). These standards are a framework for teachers to provide students with the opportunity to develop technology skills that will enable them to fulfill the goals in the mission of the school.

Canton Country Day School launched a one-to-one laptop program for students in grades four through eight in the fall of 2010. The program was expanded to include third grade in the fall of 2012. The one-to-one laptop program was the first step of the school’s TAPP (Technology Advancement Pilot Project) program. Funding for the program was provided through a generous grant from the Timken Foundation.

Head of School Pamela Shaw and Technology Director Bill Donovan developed the TAPP program to support continued advancement of the school’s educational technology goals. Components of the TAPP program include:

  • A one-to-one laptop program for students with expanded software resources
  • Google Apps for Education services
  • Schoology
  • School hosted Collaborative web services
  • Professional development for teachers
    • In-Serve Day Training
    • RH (Race Horse) Team Exploration
    • Individual and department level training provided by IT department staff and RH Team members
    • Participation in conferences and workshops
  • Parent meetings for continued communication and input

Our one-to-one laptop program allows us to extend the traditional classroom with internet resources and to create a personalized learning environment for students. Our TAPP program is not about creating access to computers. It’s about creating a learning environment with the world as the classroom.

In order to create such an environment there needs to be standardized access to the learning environment being created (same model computer, same settings, same software, etc.) and control (filtering, security, privacy, etc.) by the school. Student computers are loaded with software for desktop publishing, movie-making, mind mapping, drawing, robotics, 3-D modeling, and much more. Access to the CCDS web services site permits students to work collaboratively and to share their work with teachers and other students.

Eighth graders create web sites and documentaries for Hisotry Day using their laptops. Seventh graders use their laptops to participate in a Virtual Science Fair where practicing scientists from anywhere in the world can offer input and suggestions on student work. Fourth graders use their laptops to program their robots during their Robotics and Regions of the United States project. Smart notebook software enables students to take advantage of the SMARTboards located in their classrooms. The educational use of the laptops seems endless.

This is an exciting moment in our school’s technology history. Canton Country Day School has led the way in educational technology with programs like robotics, SMARTboards, and classes in digital media. Our one-to-one laptop program is the next step in our technology vision. The laptop program is just one more way that Canton Country Day School is empowering student success in the 21st Century.

The CCDS Library Program

The Library Program at Canton Country Day School (CCDS) supports educational and program standards as defined by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards for the 21st-Century Learner (2009).  The program strives to instill a love of learning in all students and promotes reading as a foundational skill for learning, enjoyment, and personal growth.  The program empowers students to be skillful researchers, critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers and ethical users of information. The CCDS Library environment is one where everyone is a teacher, learner, producer, and contributor. The library program works in collaboration with the CCDS Technology Director and classroom teachers in the creation, implementation, and assessment of inquiry-driven curricular units that effectively teach multiple literacies, including information literacy, media literacy, visual literacy, and technology literacy, as well as content and research skills.  The Library Program spans progressively through all grade levels taught at CCDS.

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