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New Online Portals Coming Soon!
Over the past few months, the Technology Department has been hard at work preparing our new Blackbaud school database. We are very excited about this change and with it, expect an easy to navigate, fully integrated user experience for students, teachers and parents. Instead of separate systems for accessing report cards, class webpages and teacher grade book reports, Blackbaud will provide a single access portal for all of these things. You should expect to receive new login information via an email from the Technology Department later in August. To learn more about Blackbaud, do a Google search for, “Blackbaud for Small Schools.”
Over the last decade a number of dramatic changes have reshaped the way information is processed and accessed, improved our ability to analyze and visualize problems, changed the ways we communicate, increased our ability to handle greater complexity, and paved the way to interact globally with diverse cultures and ideas.
The technology that has so dramatically changed our world is now creating a new excitement and hunger for change in education. It is clearly the responsibility of today’s educators to prepare students to not only excel in this rapidly changing world, but to participate in ensuring that the impact of technology on our world is positive. At Laguna Blanca School the ability to respond to these challenges increases by providing a technologically rich learning environment where teaching and learning are enhanced by using appropriate technology as part of the curriculum.
A computer is a very useful tool in our everyday lives, but it can also be dangerous if not used properly. The Computer Department uses the latest in content filtering tools for student Internet use and expects all students to observe the guidelines established in the Acceptable Use Policy. It is believed that the importance of understanding and demonstrating appropriate computer use in different settings cannot be over emphasized.
The Computer Department is also responsible for maintaining and upgrading the school's inter-campus network, as well as delivering instruction in K - 12 computer classes. The school community is provided with high speed internet access through a wide area network between the two campuses. Laguna Blanca currently maintains four state-of-the-art technology labs on the Hope Ranch campus for grades 5 - 12 and one on the Montecito campus for grades K - 4. These labs include the Lower School Lab, Middle School Lab, the Kalfas Upper School Lab, The Isham Library & Nylen Academic Research Center. Mobile technology is on the rise at Laguna Blanca in all three school divisions. Entering it's fourth year, the Laptops for Learning Program in the Middle School is seamlessly integrated into the Middle School program. The Department maintains an awareness of current needs and anticipated future needs of the community that it serves.