As we continue our 1-1 students' mobile device program, starting in Grades 5 and 6 with iPads, we are also implementing a 1-1 Chromebook program, in Grades 7 through 12. All students K-12 will either be using individually assigned tablets or Chromebooks, or shared mobile devices in school, allowing them to embrace and excel in the use of mobile technology as it is infused throughout the curriculum. We are proud to be one of the first schools in Florida to be recognized as a G SUITE for Education School, and all classes collaborate and communicate via Google Classroom daily. All classrooms are equipped with networked computers and interactive projectors and/or whiteboards. This year we have added a brand new Innovation Center which includes a mobile technology lab, a Makerspace area for creative and imaginative design thinking, and a video production studio. Students will learn a multitude of skills, from the basics of network etiquette and digital citizenship, to coding, robotics, video recording and editing, and many other concepts and applications required to excel in their use of technology throughout their lives. The technology curriculum is heavily integrated with both secular and Judaic Studies curricula, and encompasses a broad range of offerings from basic computing and research skills in the lower grades, to advanced programming, digital media and communications skills in the upper grades. Students apply and integrate their technology knowledge and skills to many cross-curricula activities, like the Yearbook, News publications, Social Media and drama projects. The educational technology program is strongly supported by offering the faculty consistent, ongoing training regularly throughout the school year. This professional development initiative is facilitated by a core team of faculty Technology Integrators, led by the Dean of Technology Integration.
The Technology Department, comprised of a dynamic group of professionals, works cohesively and tirelessly to ensure the efficient automation of the school, from the classroom to the administrative offices. They offer backbone technology and network support to the Director of Communications as well as the Database/Website Manager, who keep the DKJA families informed of important school events and news via many different types of social media, the DKJA website and blogs, texting to mobile devices, a telephone messaging system and email. The use of these technologies has enabled DKJA to become primarily a paperless school, which in turn has supported our efforts in “going green” and respecting the environment. The DKJA website offers a public showcase for the many different aspects of the school, while The Eagles' Net is a private and secure Intranet that offers parents and students the ability to track grades, attendance, homework assignments, school news, etc.