Lakeview Academy’s remote school program is a natural extension to the school’s successful technology program. Educational technology is currently integrated into the curriculum in all divisions and is considered an essential part of the daily academic life at Lakeview. This program has enabled the school to pivot seamlessly from normal classroom instruction to remote school during the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the school’s learning environment is temporarily changed, Lakeview’s mission to provide a quality education for our students is not. Through technology, Lakeview’s teachers instruct their students and deliver lessons that continue to engage and prepare them for their next level of school and beyond.
The technology program at Lakeview is built upon a foundation of hardware, software, training, and support. The program begins with our one-to-one laptop program for students in grades 3 – 12, iPads for Early Learning classrooms, access to technology labs for all students, and laptops for all faculty.
The technology program at Lakeview continues with the implementation of innovative educational software in all school divisions. The Microsoft Office 365 suite of applications (Teams, OneNote, Word, PowerPoint Excel, etc.) supports communication, creativity, and critical thinking. During remote school, teachers can utilize Microsoft Teams to hold “live” classes with their students. The students can then connect and collaborate in their class hubs, while teachers use the tools in Teams to instruct students and deliver content in a way that mirrors as “normal” classes as possible. Blackbaud, another educational program, hosts our “Lion Portal” learning management system, which provides online spaces for bulletins, assignments, gradebooks, and instruction to each classroom.
Finally, Lakeview’s technology program provides continuing education on the use of technology resources for faculty. The program is supported by a team of IT professionals who assist with troubleshooting hardware, software, and/or application issues. During remote school, the support team can easily be contacted through the Lion Portal to ensure that any questions concerning distance learning, connections, etc. are answered.