School Owned iPad Program
Each student in PK - grade 2 is assigned one iPad for their learning in the classroom. Teachers use them to provide activities that promote exploration of the concepts and skills that are being taught.
Grades 3-5 LAPTOP PROGRAM
School Owned Laptop Program
Students in grades 3-5 are assigned an appropriate device to use in their classrooms to support them with research, exploration and other tech related educational needs.
Grades 6-7 LAPTOP PROGRAM
School Owned Laptop Program
Students in grades 6-7 are provided with a Macbook Air for them to use during the year. The students can take it home to aid and support them in their learning inside and outside the classroom, and return them to the IT department at the end of the year.
GRADES 8-12 LAPTOP PROGRAM
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
As we continue to streamline the use of technology in the classroom we will be phasing in a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program in the middle school. Starting from grade 8, onwards, the laptop program shifts to BYOD. This step provides more flexibility in device selection based on personal preferences. In addition the laptops are not turned in for the summer, and the students are local administrators and can install software of their choice. This also means that one computer can be used to serve both home and school needs, and that the students have a larger responsibility to care for their own devices.
Device CAC recommends an Apple Macbook that can run the current MacOS system, also a PC Laptop with Windows 10 or higher (English language only) can be suitable. Memory (RAM) * Lack of RAM can result in severe degradation in speed for the students. Audio / Video Keyboard Wireless Any reliable laptop will fulfill the needs of the program. Using a new laptop is not necessary. The 13-inch MacBook Air is the recommended model but others are acceptable also (see information). Most of the software, below are free or open source. Our Technology Department is happy to take an initial look at student machines. We also provide an optional service system for students who wish to drop off their laptop and receive a quote for repairs through our school-approved repair company. In most MS and HS classes, students are required to use technology when appropriate. The preference of some students to use laptops for note-taking and other routine uses will be respected, but there will be times when teachers will ask all students to comply with a “lids down” or “no laptops for this next activity” request.
Chromebooks and Ipads will not have the capacity to run some programs if required. (Ex: Adobe Creative Suite or Loggerpro)
Battery needs to last during the entire day of work. please make sure it comes in good condition.
Please also consider the weight as the device will be moving among classrooms, so heavy laptops are not the best idea.
- 8 GB or more is strongly suggested
- Students will need headphones or earphones as well as a built-in or external microphone.
- Web camera
- Must be suited to touch typing. (Keyboards used in school are with United States layout.)
CAC has a modern wireless network compatible with most of the latest technologies available, any modern laptop nowadays will have good compatibility.
- Browsers: Latest English version of Firefox and Google Chrome
- Plugins: Latest versions of Flash, Java, Silverlight
- Acrobat PDF Reader 10 or above or Foxit Reader
- Office suite such as MS Office, iWork, OpenOffice 3.2
- VLC Media Player
- Antivirus (Free versions such as AVG or avast! are sufficient)
- Students should have sufficient rights to update and install appropriate software
CAC recommends an Apple Macbook that can run the current MacOS system, also a PC Laptop with Windows 10 or higher (English language only) can be suitable.
* Lack of RAM can result in severe degradation in speed for the students.
Audio / Video
Any reliable laptop will fulfill the needs of the program. Using a new laptop is not necessary. The 13-inch MacBook Air is the recommended model but others are acceptable also (see information).
Most of the software, below are free or open source.
Our Technology Department is happy to take an initial look at student machines. We also provide an optional service system for students who wish to drop off their laptop and receive a quote for repairs through our school-approved repair company.
In most MS and HS classes, students are required to use technology when appropriate. The preference of some students to use laptops for note-taking and other routine uses will be respected, but there will be times when teachers will ask all students to comply with a “lids down” or “no laptops for this next activity” request.
This year, with the ease in Covid-19 travel restrictions, we were successfully able to host a Harkness training session for our high school teachers. The school hosted Ms. Molly MacKean, who used to work at Phillips Exeter Academy where the Harkness approach to learning was developed. She is currently the Upper School Division Head at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.
Harkness is a student-driven approach to learning with a focus on collaboration and respect. A group of students and one teacher sit around an oval table and discuss the subject at hand. At the table, all voices are equal; students explore ideas together, develop the courage to share their thinking, and through a compassionate approach to listening they develop the empathy to understand one another and the subjects being discussed. It’s not about being right or wrong or winning a debate, it is about building deep, meaningful connections and understanding through dialogue.
The Harkness approach has been used at CAC since 2014 and teachers in the English and Social Studies departments engage regularly in the discussion-based learning that is central to the philosophy. This training allowed teachers to further develop their skills and techniques for use in the Harkness classroom as well as developing resources to use with students in future. The experience was enriching and stimulating and teachers left the session feeling excited to dive straight into more Harkenss discussions around their tables in the coming weeks.
This is in line with CAC's focus on encouraging teachers to pursue professional development opportunities that not only enhance the CAC education experience, but also enhance the overall teaching standards for our faculty. "The English and SS department's were fortunate to have a great deal of time to work one-on-one with Molly regarding our recent Harkness training. We were able to ask questions, problem-solve and just freely discuss our experiences, concerns and understandings about what Harkness looks like here at CAC," was what the one of our HS teachers, Ms Ashley Gramolini, had to say about the training she received.
"At the end of the day, my biggest takeaway was that Harkness is a philosophy, not a table nor a style of teaching, and thus can look differently in different settings and situations. It's about empowering students and treating them like human beings and being a partner in their growth and learning. As teachers, we should never stop being role models of learning and humility for our students," she added.
Building on our “Whole Child” philosophy, CAC firmly believes that education and learning extend way beyond the classroom walls. A child’s growth and development is not on pause when they leave the classroom, which is why the school is deeply committed to providing the necessary support to parents, recognizing the huge task they have in the overall development of the child.
For this reason, CAC is thrilled that Carey Harris, elementary school counselor and guidance teacher, has been facilitating Parenting Together with Positive Discipline courses, which are open to all of our CAC community. Carey is a certified Positive Discipline educator, with 20 years of experience working with parents, teachers and children. She has given numerous parenting workshops in Chile and Paraguay (where she previously lived) and here at CAC in Egypt where she now resides. The course saw a huge demand within the CAC community.
Having been a member of this school for 8 years, Carey has been an active community member and positive parenting advocate since she joined us. It was during the Covid-19 pandemic, and with the immense pressure on families around the world, that Carey saw the need to launch this course again. Being a mother of three, she has first-hand experience of how beautiful and challenging parenting can be.
The course examines the reasons that children might be misbehaving, and explores a variety of kind, yet firm ways in which parents should be responding. “It is not uncommon for people to think that behavior is binary, that it is either good or bad, but it is not. Behavior is driven by our perceptions of belonging and significance. A misbehaving child is a discouraged child. The goal of Positive Discipline is to help children develop positive perceptions about themselves, others and the world around them so they can be healthy, contributing members of the community,” Carey explains.
“The positive discipline philosophy is based on mutual respect and trust. There is a lot of trust building within the course and parents form a village that work together to raise responsible, happy, confident children,” elaborates Carey. The course is especially helpful for new parents who feel alone or disconnected from the community. “We may be from different cultures but we all have the same goals for our children, and parenting is always from the heart,” she adds.
The course, which is now online due to Covid-19 restrictions, has managed to provide common ground for the different parents within our community who have come from different countries and backgrounds, all looking to provide the best growth and development environment for their children. It consists of 8 sessions that include a lot of story sharing, and useful parenting tools and positive discipline exercises.
A short survey with the parents who have registered for the course showed that they were very happy with the outcome. Some have already been asking for more courses with the same objectives to be provided. “I loved this course and am so very proud to be a part of a school community that provides such important and valuable information. The benefit of strengthening this home-school partnership is an invaluable component to creating and sustaining an exceptional educational environment,” was what one parent had to say when asked for her feedback.
Click on this link to visit Carey's blog and learn more about the course: https://parentingtogether.edublogs.org