ECA has two full computer labs, one for elementary and one for high school. By providing two separate computer labs all grades have an opportunity to use the computers for grade appropriate projects and class instruction.
In the computer lab, students in Grades K – 6 have time each week for class instruction, research projects, AR quizzes, and internet usage. All computers in the lab have access to the Library OPAC system allowing them to research books they may need. They are also taught the proper usage of the internet and the affects the Internet has on our lives today. Additional computer lab time is scheduled as needed to complete various projects.
Students in Grades 7 – 12 have access to the Library and Computer Lab every day for research projects, internet usage, and class instruction. Currently we have one yearbook class and one graphic design class where students put their creative minds to work in creating their own yearbook. They are also responsible for helping teachers throughout the school with various projects that require computer usage. Students in the yearbook, graphic design, and Applications courses are also exposed to many new and innovative programs that allow their expertise to grow in the area of graphics, video, and desktop publishing. Adobe Design Standards, Photo Shop, INdesign, and Illustrator are some of the programs used to accomplish this goal.
In addition to the computer labs each teacher at ECA has a laptop assigned to them to help with parent and teacher communication, class room preparation, and class room instruction.
ECA has added smart boards to select classrooms during the 2012-2013 school year. Future plans are to continue expanding the use of smart boards and completing the installation of smart boards in each classroom.
ECA continues to evaluate the use of technology not only in the school but in the business environment to help prepare our students for a technology driven world.