West-Mont integrates technology into learning
with the use of smart boards, iPads, laptops, and a computer lab.
We even recently added a 3D printer to one of our classrooms!
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The Bring Your Own iPad Program gives WCA students a unique opportunity to learn using the creativity and productivity tools they will need in college and the workforce. WCA students enjoy all the benefits of the traditional classroom during the school day. The use of an iPad augments the curriculum for these students by providing opportunities for different learning styles and teaching options. Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged, but not required, to have a parent-provided iPad 2, 3, 4, or Mini for daily classroom use. WCA will gradually integrate iPad use into the entire high school curriculum. Middle school students may use iPads for organizational and study skills benefits, however the middle school curriculum is not fully integrated with iPad technology.
The iPad program does not support other tablets or laptops. Having a myriad of different devices causes teachers to spend more time on synchronizing technology than teaching the actual curriculum. In addition, Apple has educational controls within iPads that are not uniformly available on other tablets.
All iPads used at WCA must have a Mobile Device Management (MDM) system installed by the school. This software cannot be bypassed or altered by the student or parent once installed. It not only filters content, but also limits the use of apps (application software) to those approved by the school. Students should bring their iPad to school in early September to have the MDM installed.
The Academy has extensively researched MDM’s, filtering capabilities, and system software from many companies. The school has selected the most capable, secure, and state-of-the-art option available on the market today, one produced by CISCO/Meraki: https://meraki.cisco.com/solutions/mobile-device-management.