The Montgomery Academy is committed to providing a technology base to support instruction and to facilitate administration and management of the Academy. To that end we have determined that the use of technology should be both ubiquitous and as transparent to student, faculty, staff, and administrative users as it can be.
Instruction in computer use (hardware, networks, Internet 2.0 tools and operating systems) and application literacy is provided for Academy students at every level.
• Besides having multiple computers in each classroom, resource office, and the Weil Library for teacher and student use, the Lower School's Hill Campus has a 24-Mac lab with complete multimedia capability, including digital video production. Computer-class instruction for students includes creative and curriculum-support activities which are a high point in students' schedules. All teachers and administration have MacBook laptop computers for their own use.
• At the Vaughn Campus, the Intel-iMac-equipped Caddell Computer Lab hosts classes for up to 24 fifth- through eighth-grade students each. The focus for middle-school computing in fifth and sixth grades is in keyboarding proficiency (students achieve 40wpm minimum speed and 95% minimum accuracy levels in middle-school computing classes) and introductory instruction in applications and online computing. In seventh and eighth grades, the focus is on application literacy, including basic and creative activities in word processing, spreadsheets, databases, graphics, and multimedia, using a variety of both commercial and open-source applications. The Schloss Family Lab is also available as a 24-computer "open" lab -- into which both Middle- and Upper-School teachers may bring full classes during the day for resaearch and curriculum-supporting class projects. The Middle School Foreign Language Department also has a 22-laptop mobile lab for use in language instruction, and they share their mobile lab with other Middle School classes as needed.
• An innovative and challenging Upper-School Computer Applications curriculum is in place to give students a useful and interesting variety of courses from which to choose. Facilities include The Caddell Technology Center, featuring the Upper School Computer Lab and the Yearbook Lab, each equpped with Macintosh Intel iMac computers with digital video capability. Digital still and video cameras, scanners, printers, and LCD projectors are all available for student and faculty use.
• Teachers in the Upper School all have personal MacBook laptop computers and various model Macs and/or wireless-networked Mac laptops for classroom use, and the Science Department has its own mobile Mac laptop lab. The Upper School Foreign Language Department has a 22-laptop mobile lab for use in language instruction, as well.
• The Garzon Library has a full classroom set of mobile, wireless Mac laptop computers which can be checked out for use in Middle and Upper-School classes, and (introduced in 2004) a twenty-laptop instructional space in the Hill Seminar Room. The library's "mobile lab" has wireless networking and printer capability and a charger-equipped storage cart to facilitate its most effective use for instruction.