- Learning Commons: the concept of the traditional library is changing to include technology, online tools and spaces for collaboration and exploration.
Learning & Technology
A. E. Cross follows mandated Alberta Education curricular standards in our approach to the use of technology. The curriculum provides students with a broad perspective on the nature of technology, how to use and apply a variety of technologies and the impact of information and communications technologies on themselves and on society.
Technology is best learned within the context of applications. Activities, projects and problems that replicate real-life situations are effective resources for learning technology. Students will learn: technology is often complex; the impact of technologies in their lives and workplaces; how to determine which processes, tools and techniques to use; when to use them; how to use and apply a variety of information and communication technologies to problem solving, decision-making, inquiring and researching in the context of other subject matter(s). As such, technological “learning” is not intended to stand alone, but rather to be infused within core courses and programs. It is also utilized as a tool to facilitate personalized learning for a wide variety of students, each with their own brand of multiple intelligences and unique needs.
The CBE provides networked digital resources to CBE students in support of student learning and the delivery of curriculum. A wireless student network for internet access using student-owned personal electronic devices is being at A.E. Cross School. In addition, the school has available two wireless laptop carts, two desktop computer labs, and a complete class set of video cameras, digital cameras, iPods and headsets. Students may also bring their own electronic devices if they adhere to CBE policies and expectations.
As the pervasiveness of technology increases, issues related to student safety on the internet and responsible use of electronic devices have necessitated the development of a long term web awareness strategy for teachers, students and parents.
Digital Citizenship is a key component of helping CBE students use available digital technologies to their best advantage in order to reach their full potential as learners within the CBE and beyond.