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
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.
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.
Director of Information Services