Technology instruction begins in Kindergarten and builds progressively as children learn basic computer concepts and applications. Word processing and graphics play a major role in skill development in the Lower School until they reach the Middle School where their skills turn towards higher level applications. They apply that knowledge to create new content, solve problems, collect and analyze information, evaluate and present the data in various forms of digital content. Within computer science, students gain an understanding of computational systems through programming. Students learn to write algorithms and basic programs, use logical reasoning to debug programs, and evaluate digital content. Students also participate in a keyboarding program that begins in 2nd Grade and culminates as an online class in 6th Grade.
All students learn to be good digital citizens through the utilization of several curriculum modules that empower students to think critically, become responsible and competent, and also recognize how to use technology safely, respectfully, and responsibly.
Charlotte Prep’s infrastructure is designed to support the use of technology in all classrooms and to provide streamlined support for daily tasks. Teachers and students have access across campus:
- 40 Mbps dedicated fiber-optic network, with three secure campus-wide wireless networks
- The Early School has a Smart Board for interactive lessons
- All K-8 classrooms have interactive Smart Boards plus desktops in every room, a tablet cart travels to classrooms
- Starting in 4th Grade students participate in our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program, legacy 1:1/school purchased device participants are being phased out
Charlotte Prep is a Google Apps School, which allows for easy collaboration between student and teachers. Starting in 3rd Grade, students are assigned gmail secure accounts on the @charlotteprep.org domain. Google Apps allows students to build and maintain a portfolio of their work.