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Technology at CAC

Technology at CAC

Digital Intelligence (DQ)

DQ is the sum of social, emotional, and cognitive abilities that enable individuals to face the challenges and adapt to the demands of digital life. #DQEveryChild is a global movement to empower every child with digital intelligence. Our children today need DQ beyond IQ and EQ to thrive in the 4th industrial revolution.

CAC is committed to provide its students the knowledge,  skills, attitudes and values that are needed to thrive as responsible members of their world and thrive in a highly networked digital era. CAC trains students on eight different traits identified by the DQ Institute through classroom instruction and integration.

 

(Source: DQ Institute)

RESPONSIBLE USE POLICY

The CAC School Board grants authorized users the privilege to use CAC computers and network to access the Internet for information gathering, communication, and technology integration in support of the CAC curriculum. Should a conflict arise between personal use and educational use of the Internet or computer equipment, priority will always be given for educational use. CAC Information Services developed the following responsible user agreements as a guide.

Any digital communication/computing device, hardware or software component of information, media and communication technology (including social networking) installed, in use or emerging in relation to the CAC community must be: Legal, Appropriate, Responsible and Kind. “LARK”

  • Legal: illegally copied or downloaded software, music, video or games may not be used on any computer at CAC including Laptops issued to CAC Students.
  • Appropriate: only appropriate words and images are used, viewed or heard. Any material you would not show to your grandmother, parents, principal or a 1st grader is a good sign of inappropriateness.
  • Responsibility: due care and attention will be taken with all hardware, system settings (including shared computer screen savers or system files,) software etc. to prevent damage or misuse.
  • Kind: the rights / feelings of others are in no way treaded upon by the use of digital devices.
  • Please understand email and use of any other CAC electronic information, learning, communication and collaboration systems and equipment on and off the CAC campus may be monitored at any time by designated staff to ensure appropriate use. In addition, monitoring is done for record keeping, maintenance, and security purposes to follow up on administrative task and concerns.  For Apps like Google and TurnItIn, we follow the security and privacy policies as stated in each system for their users. 

 Responsibilities:

  • It is essential the user accesses the Internet in a responsible manner and maintains their privacy and that of Cairo American College Internet accounts. Be safe, do not share full name or any personal or family information online. Promotional images used by CAC should not include names or other identifying data.
  • Each user is responsible for the appropriateness and content of material sent, received or shared under his/her user accounts. Hate mail, harassment, discriminatory remarks, bullying, spamming and other antisocial behaviors are expressly prohibited.
  • It is the responsibility of the each user to secure all passwords and equipment assigned to them by CAC so access by non-authorized individuals or from non-authorized terminals will not occur. When noticed, please report unsecure user information and equipment immediately. Users shall not intentionally obtain copies of passwords, access/modify files or other data belonging to other users, misrepresent other users on the Internet or access school systems, data and equipment without proper permission.
  • The user is responsible for making sure all files, including e-mail, sent and in boxed, online posting and texting do not contain pornographic or inappropriate information. Users may not use the Internet to access any pornographic material or inappropriate files particularly materials offensive to our host country.
  • All forms of hacking and access to Hackers’ sites is forbidden.
  • The user must use all hardware and software responsibly, follow all computer lab rules, classroom and school behavior rules, host country laws and obey supervisors in all access areas. The network, laptops or labs may not be used for time wasteful or frivolous purposes during the school day including but not limited to playing games, file share sites, participating in chat programs and social networking, unless they are teacher-led activities.
  • Care and security of family owned devices are the sole responsibility of the user.

The CAC Mission, Beliefs and Objectives will guide Internet content filtering, technology and use. This document may be adjusted at any time to address emerging uses of technology. Our website version is most accurate.

Violation of this policy will be considered a violation of the CAC Code of Conduct or appropriate behavior with disciplinary measure consistent with those outlined in the Student/Parent /Employee handbooks. Any accidental access to inappropriate material should be reported to the closest supervising faculty immediately.

We (Student, Parent and Staff) have read the above policy and guidelines. By our enrollment in CAC and/or usage of CAC digital tools, network and Internet access, we agree to be responsible for and abide by this agreement

Check outConnectSafely.org for resources to help guide your child's use of the internet. Parents' Guides click here

CAC 1:1 Laptop Initiative

CAC has introduced 1:1 laptop initiative across its divisions with the following key objectives. The high school has a BYOL model, middle school and elementary have a school provided model. Both middle and upper elementary use Macbooks while the lower elementary uses iPads.


Objectives

  • Provide for more tech integration in the classroom to promote authentic learning experiences
  • Facilitate the learning of 21st century skills for students
  • Access to technology resources just in time when needed
  • Preparing the students for responsible use of technology

 

Click on the appropriate links to know more about the 1:1 initiatives at different divisions.

Welcome to CAC Technology!


The CAC Information Services program is designed to seamlessly integrate Technology, Information Literacy and Digital Intelligence into all areas of learning. Together Technology and Library services support the vision, beliefs and values of the school, its divisions and operation with the use of technology and the possibilities that emerging technology creates as an elemental component of the learning and professional culture.

 

 

 CAC Vision for Technology

CAC community members embrace respectful and creative use of digital technology to solve real problems and to craft new opportunities. We believe technology is a tool that should be used responsibly and ethically for communicating, learning and inquiry. We envision an empathetic and digitally intelligent community where members positively contribute to their communities.

 

Our beliefs about Technology


Students at CAC use technology intentionally to

  • enhance learning
  • help them to prepare for the challenges of tomorrow
  • encourage lifelong/lifewide learning and critical thinking
  • promote powerful collaboration and creation
  • help them to make meaning and to take agency over their own learning
  • promote adaptability and intellectually flexibility
  • promote balanced use of technology

 

Teachers and staff at CAC use technology intentionally to

  • enhance learning...and teaching
  • provide authentic learning experiences
  • guide students to personalized learning
  • model responsible and ethical behavior
  • coach students to be responsible creators and discerning users of information
  • promote balance, respect and responsibility
  • be intellectually flexible in order to adapt to new technologies/trends

 

CAC Parents support technology use by

  • promoting balance, respect and responsibility
  • modelling digital intelligence
  • promoting effective communication and collaboration

 



Library Program


The library program promotes both a lifelong love of reading and a curriculum of skills for the 21st century learner. In a world awash in information, we strive to teach our patrons the ability to find and use information and ideas effectively.  To serve the school community, the CAC Library has a collection of over 60,000 books and A/V items, along with a wealth of computers and online resources, including a collection of over 50,000 eBooks.  The ES and MHS libraries also offer areas suitable for large and small group instruction and collaboration as well as independent study areas.


Technology Program

The Technology Department strives toward the seamless integration of technology in every division of the school.  It supports the high school instructional program with computer labs and mobile laptop carts, a Design Technology Center, and a current program of  BYO Laptops.  The Middle School features a 1 to1 school owned laptop program, high-end computer lab and a Design Tech Center.  The Elementary School features computers in every classroom, computer labs, and a 1 to 1 ratio of laptops for learning in grades 3-5. An early years "iPads for Learning" program is in place. Our integrated curriculum focuses on Information Literacy, Media Literacy, Digital Intelligence and ICT Literacy. CAC maintains a fully wired and wireless computer network. Access points can be found throughout the campus in most rooms and easily extends to external areas and the sports fields. The network provides anytime, anywhere Internet access to all registered CAC network users. File storage and printing services are also available on a restricted basis. Each member of the faculty and all students have a school account for access to network services, student email and online applications. These tools provide easy access to information, media, and ICT applications used for communication and collaboration between students, parents, and faculty.


Combined, these programs and devices have created a 21st Century School environment ready for teachers and students to explore and practice their creativity and innovation, communication and collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving skills while confronting the challenges of this century.

 
Our program is not about the number of devices per student. It's about how these devices add to the interactions a teacher has with each student and students have with each other.

 

Santha Kumar

Director of Information Services

Welcome to CAC Technology!


The CAC Information Services program is designed to seamlessly integrate Technology, Information Literacy and Digital Intelligence into all areas of learning. Together Technology and Library services support the vision, beliefs and values of the school, its divisions and operation with the use of technology and the possibilities that emerging technology creates as an elemental component of the learning and professional culture.


CAC Vision for Technology
CAC community members embrace respectful and creative use of digital technology to solve real problems and to craft new opportunities. We believe technology is a tool that should be used responsibly and ethically for communicating, learning and inquiry  Read more ....