Technology instruction begins in kindergarten and builds progressively as children learn basic computer concepts and applications. Word processing, graphic development, keyboarding, and coding play a major role in skill development in the Lower School until they reach the Middle School where their skills turn toward 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 coding/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 second grade and continues through sixth grade.
All students learn to be good digital citizens through the utilization of several curriculum modules that empower students to think critically and 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 fourth grade, students participate in our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program (legacy 1:1 school-purchased device participants are being phased out)
State-of-the-art firewall protection. Charlotte Prep runs a modern firewall/security appliance that has built-in features such as content filtering, application filtering, virus and malware scanning, and intrusion detection and prevention systems.
Charlotte Prep is a Google Apps School, which allows for easy collaboration between student and teacher. Starting in third 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.