Upon arrival at LAS, students are issued a MacBook and iPhone as part of the ATLAS program, Advancing Technology at LAS.
Vision of Education and Technology
Advances in learning sciences show us how people learn. Technology makes it possible for us to use this knowledge and create a curriculum that supports our mission to develop innovative, compassionate, and responsible citizens of the world.
We focus on four essential areas:
- Learning: We create engaging and empowering learning experiences for all students. We bring state-of-the art technology into learning to enable, motivate, and inspire students. This personalized learning enables lifelong learning.
- Teaching: Time is allocated to allow teachers to develop a curriculum that takes what they are doing well and supports it, if possible, with technology.
- Infrastructure: This includes people, processes and learning resources and is a far-reaching project that will demand concerted and coordinated effort.
- Productivity: Ensuring that students are making appropriate progress so they can graduate is a key measure of success.
ATLAS Helps Teachers
LAS teachers need to know how to use technology more efficiently and effectively than do students. This requires training and specialized skills that need to be constantly developed and monitored. Part of the ATLAS program is the use of a Google education platform, and LAS teachers are enrolled in the “Workshops for Educators” to get the most from classroom apps that students use.
ATLAS Helps Students
Bringing a Math Class to Life
Through ATLAS, LANschool is a computer program that allows teachers to access a student’s screen on the teacher’s screen—or project the student’s screen on the white board for the class to see. Teachers can then identify common mistakes or misunderstandings and help the students as a group or individually. The program can also highlight a student’s skills by sharing his or her work with the rest of the class in a visual form.
This technology is not only useful in the classroom but also helps in study hall, as students can contact staff located on any part of the campus to request help with a problem on their screens.
Math Has Been Transformed by ATLAS LANschool
The capacity to visualize images on a screen makes it easier for teachers to spot students’ mistakes and correct them. Use of 3D images and models highlights questions and math problems that previously were studied on paper.
Students are familiar with information technology, having grown up with computers. The use of IT in math classes helps to break down the barriers that many students experience in this subject. Because they are so familiar with their laptops, the learning platform is readily adapted to this technology. Students solve problems more easily, as they welcome a different way to use their computer.