Educational Technology

Philosophy

Technology

Teacher uses technology in classroomTechnology plays an increasing role in education. Part of preparing students for higher learning and for life is providing the skills and mindset to use technology effectively.

Each course and faculty member uses technology in different ways and to different degrees. We have courses that focus entirely on technology and others that use it peripherally. Our approach to technology is flexible and adaptive. While we enjoy exploring new technology and its uses, we also evaluate which technology is the most useful and the most promising for the future.

Technology at SMUS

  • 20 SmartBoards
  • 40 LCD classroom projectors
  • GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
  • Moodle (parent and student online resources)
  • Wireless network
  • Kindles (ebook readers) for loan
  • Video cameras and laptops for loan
  • Mobile computer labs

Senior School

Senior School Computer Services

Public computer access is available in all of the five Senior School computer labs and the Senior School library. The library also has laptops available for loan. These areas provide ample access to computers for academic purposes. 

The school computers come with a range of standard programs, including the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, etc.) and Adobe CS5 (Photoshop, InDesign, etc.). The school is a PC environment, with computers being replaced on a four-year cycle. For laptop users, the SMUS wireless network is available in all buildings. 

Senior School computers have a looser content filter than Middle and Junior School labs. Senior School students can access social networking sites freely but content is still screened for appropriateness.

While computers are very useful, some students struggle to use computers productively: social networking, computer games, and movies can distract students from their studies. We always encourage our students to use computers wisely.