Vahan & Anoush Chamlian Armenian School

Technology

Vision & Goals:

To prepare students for the 21st century, the school believes that it is imperative to integrate information and communication technologies into education, and has therefore identified it as one of its ESLR’s:

 

“Chamlian students will utilize technology with competence through the development of 21st century technical skills to compete in the global community, by becoming proficient in locating, accessing, organizing, evaluating and applying information for a complex and technological world, and by becoming empowered and well-rounded learners capable of efficiently and effectively using emerging digital technologies, while practicing safe, secure, and ethical computing.”

 

The technology implementation at Chamlian is designed as a cloud-based instruction into various kinds of technology, providing a launching pad for further college study and real-life application. Recognizing the challenges faced as members of a global society, we fully embrace the mission and vision of Chamlian, and seek application of these values in today's technologically enhanced world.

 

Technology Access for each Grade Level:

Since 2014, every classroom is equipped with a Smartboard and Document Camera as digital tools to foster 21st century learning. In 2015-2016, Chamlian adopted two Chromebook carts to be shared amongst the 1st-8th grade teachers. In 2017, we have continued to advance our technological tools by including access to two additional chromebook carts and incorporating Houghton Mifflin’s online reading portal as an additional resource.The online portal is an all in one learning site that provides access to digital books, writing tasks, interactive activities and multiple resources to practice evidence-based writing.

 

Google Apps for Education (GAFE based Curriculum):

The Chromebook is a personal computer designed to work with Google Apps for Education (“GAFE”) web-based applications. In 2015-2016 the school developed GAFE (Google Apps for Education) as a means of building organizational skills, document creation, and submit writing assignments using Google Classroom. The school’s administration, faculty and students were all provided with gmail accounts to access Google Apps for Education and re-design the curriculum to align it with GAFE.

 

As part of our teacher professional development, our teachers at Chamlian are trained to integrate google apps and chromebook laptops into their lessons effectively. As a result, teachers frequently utilize Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Classroom as a tool for student collaboration opportunities.

 

21st Century Learning:

During the start of the 2016-2017, our current Educational technology and communications specialist introduced the SAMR model to our faculty and staff. SAMR is a hierarchical model that stands for substitution, augmentation, modification, and redefinition. Technology integration in the substitution level is low-use, and redefinition is identified as the highest quality, geared towards a student-centered learning approach. The substitution and augmentation level are models implemented to enhance student learning, while modification and redefinition are the desired models applied to transform learning. The quality use of technology integration at Chamlian uses the SAMR model to measure its impact on teaching and learning.

 

 

Technology access at Chamlian has created a tool to transform teaching and learning, especially as a method for increased communication and collaboration. Chamlian’s tech-driven curriculum encourages our teachers to implement these new skills to help re-define the role of learning. Ultimately, our goal is for technology to not just enhance the curriculum, but transform instructional practice to better equip our students as digital citizens.