Technology

Technology Vision Statement

(Saltus Technology Steering Committee)

 

  • To utilise technological innovation to inspire lifelong learning
  • To bring the world to the classroom by participating in the global community, providing opportunities for real-world problem solving
  • To provide access to anywhere, anytime learning that extends beyond the boundaries of the traditional classroom and time constraints
  • To empower faculty and staff in developing professional learning communities as they embrace new technologies and digital spaces

As a learning tool, technology allows our students to access and compare information, explore rich and flexible media, to collaborate with others, and to represent and articulate what they know via a dynamic and relevant medium.  It allows our students to display their knowledge more readily and more effectively; this allows our teachers to gain an insight into their student’s learning.

As a teaching tool, technology allows our teachers to deliver their messages in a dynamic and exciting manner. Concepts and ideas may be shared in more concrete and engaging ways.  In the same way that the technology allows our students to show what they know, so our teachers may represent their message more effectively.

As a communication tool, technology offers an unprecedented medium for the exchange of ideas and information among every member of our school community. Individuals are able to reach out to fellow students and faculty locally and in the global community.

As an administrative tool, technology allows us to perform the multitude of tasks that serve the needs of our school’s membership. The collection, collation and review of data allow us to know our students more comprehensively and to serve their individual needs more appropriately. The data can be shared with faculty and parents alike and we build the partnership which supports and sustains good learning.

State-of-the-Art Infrastructure & High Tech Classrooms

Saltus maximizes teaching and learning by enabling access to technology to all teachers and students. We have worked hard to create a strong and stable infrastructure which allows both campuses access to our network. Staff and students benefit from wireless connectivity from virtually anywhere on the school grounds. Our 10MB Dedicated Internet connection is filtered to provide protection, yet allows as much freedom as possible to digitally responsible citizens. Secondary students are required to sign an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) prior to being granted access to the SaltusNet.

Every teacher from Foundation Year to Saltus Graduate Year is issued with a Dell Latitude laptop, which they have come to depend on for teaching, communicating and performing administrative tasks. Almost every classroom is fitted with an interactive whiteboard (Smartboard) which makes the delivery of curriculum engaging for students. Many classrooms have their own printers and all students enjoy access to printing via the wireless network.

Laptop Programme

All Secondary School students are required to purchase a laptop computer via the School and they are used routinely in their lessons. Students in their final year (SGY2) are provided with a leasing option. The Dell Latitude series laptop is purchased for the student by Saltus and imaged with all necessary software. Student accounts are charged for this expense. Laptops are purchased with a 3 year warranty and Complete Care package, which covers all accidental damage. Students are expected to refresh at least once during their Saltus career.

Students use their laptops to organize their work, write essays and take notes, conduct research, create multimedia presentations, write reports, and communicate via email. All students are issued with a Saltus email account which is hosted internally on our Exchange server. All academic courses are accessible via a content management system (Netclassroom) through which students and parents can access assignments, grades, and report cards.

Technology in Primary

Students in our Upper Primary Deparment enjoy ICT lessons once a week in our JLRC (Junior Library Resource Centre). The JLRC is equipped with 24 desktop computers, a multitude of relevant software programs, Smartboard and colour laser printer. We are also fortunate to have two carts of netbooks which are frequently used in by students in lessons for research, online educational games, Accelerated Reading tests, word processing and the like. Students are also taught touch typing from S3 upwards.

Our Lower Primary Department has a lab of 12 desktop computers and a colour laser printer. Students visit once a week. Our youngest students are heavily into educational computer games and are also exposed to word processing. Each classroom also has a desktop computer and Smartboards are heavily used in all of our Primary classrooms.

The Help Desk

Our Help Desk is the first point of approach for both students and the staff when experiencing either software or hardware related problems. The Help Desk supports approximately eight hundred users and almost 1100 systems school-wide. Our technical team also supports peripherals such as printers, Smartboards, and VoIP telephones, along with the Wireless Access points and school servers.

When a student visits the Help Desk with a laptop problem, he/she will be asked to give a detailed account of the issue and the matter will be logged by our Help Desk staff. Software related issues are resolved on site. Hardware issues are diagnosed by our staff and the part request is emailed to Dell Latin America. Saltus has an established relationship Dell Authorized Service Provider, Bermuda Microsystems Group, who maintains a Dell Parts Depot on island. Once Dell receives our request, they will authorize the repair and inform BMG to reserve the part for a specific laptop. A BMG technician visits us once a day to collect laptops for repair or return working laptops. The Help Desk has loaner laptops available which may be used by the student while their laptop is out for service.

The Help Desk is located on the third floor of the Gosling Centre and is open from 8:00am – 4:00pm daily. The Help Desk may be contacted via email at helpdesk@saltus.bm or by telephone at 279-6170.

Academics

 

At Saltus, technology is essential in our learning, our teaching, our communication and in our administration. Its use allows us to build a strong and nurturing community which meets the unique needs, capabilities and desires of our students.

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