Technology Used for Learning at the CBE

Digital technologies are changing the way we deliver educational programs to our students. We use a variety of technology tools to support personalize each student’s learning. Tech tools include hardware (such as laptops, iPads, iPods) and software (like G Suite for Education, and D2L). Visit the CBE website for more information on some of the CBE-wide digital technologies.​​

  • Brightspace, by Desire2Learn (D2L), is an online environment available to all our staff and students for collaboration, communication, organization and assessment. It is also the virtual classroom for the online programs offered through CBe-learn, the CBE’s online learning school. For assistance with login issues and more go to the technical support site.​

  • Iris: a web-based teaching and learning application consisting of student learning plans, learner profiles, resource library and teacher and administrator workspaces.

  • ​Gmail and G Suite for Education: an online space to create documents, presentations and websites wherever internet access is available. It is solely for teacher and student-created work, and not for student records, grades, demographics or other such information. For assistance with ​login issues and more go to the technical support site.​

  • eLibrary: an online catalogue for all CBE school libraries (learning commons) with detailed information on books, DVDs and other resources that are available to borrow and online resources offered by Calgary Public Library and others. It is available to parents/guardians, students and staff.​

  • SchoolMessenger: a mass communication tool that allows schools to easily and securely send email, phone and text messages to parents/guardians. To receive all relevant messages from our school, be sure to subscribe. To change the email address or phone number where you receive your messages, contact our school. If you aren't getting the messages you expect, add our email address to your address book or "safe senders list". 

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  • MyCBE / PowerSchool: this application connects to our student information system, providing parents, students and staff access to academic information and transactions. It allows parents to view their children’s schedule, grades and attendance; see their learning activities using Brightspace by D2L; register for transportation and noon supervision; pay fees and request fee waivers; and book school conferences.

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Technology Tools

  • 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. 

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Our Wireless Network

Students, staff and guests can learn how to get connected to our Wi-Fi on the CBE Wireless page.​​​​​

​Bringing Your Own Device to School

Students are welcome to bring their personal electronic devices to school as part of a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or Personally Owned Devices (POD) framework. Students should understand how a device works and how its use supports their learning. All devices are subject to approval by the school and teacher. Students are responsible for any devices they bring to school. The school is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.

There is no requirement for students to bring their own device. Students will have access to devices at the school needed to support their learning.

Students must use their device responsibly. You can look on the CBE website for more information on bringing devices to school.​​

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