Technology @ AHA
We’re committed to increasing student achievement. Preparing our students for the future and the ethical use of technology is integral to that goal. Incorporating digital tools into each part of the curriculum helps us ensure that all AHA students are ready for the technology demands of college, career and life.
AHA has been putting a computing device in the hands of every student since 2007. AHA provides services such as Moodle, Google Apps for Education (email, storage etc.) and Google Classroom where students go to get daily assignment descriptions, find resources and turn in electronic work. Our students tell us that they are more organized, more confident, and better prepared for the world beyond AHA.
AHA'S CORE TECHNOLOGY: POWERFUL AND AVAILABLE
With a focus on cloud services, the core of AHA’s technology program provides students with a highly available and resilient suite of industry standard technologies and cutting edge learning software. From Vernier Science software and lab equipment to 3D printers and flipped curriculum options, our school ensures students are ready for the next step in learning.
Upon any new student’s arrival at AHA, students immediately become familiarized with primary software and hardware. They learn core software used in AHA classes and about AHA’s ethical use guidelines. This begins the process of students learning the skills colleges like Notre Dame tell us our students need for success. Learning specific software is embedded into the curriculum across subjects, with science for example, focusing on teaching students to gather data with their computer, analyze graphs and translate it into reports and other communication. Select Fine Arts classes like Digital Photography and Computer Art give students real life skills in transforming photos.
The AHA helpdesk is open to students during school hours for assistance. All questions, no matter how small, are welcome. AHA’s technology team is here to help.
Other Academic Technology Highlights include:
- G SUITE FOR EDUCATION - Google-powered email, calendar, docs, slides, sheets and more offer opportunities for student communication, collaboration and productivity.
- QUIA, QUIZLET, KAHOOT & MORE - Web-based quizzes and activities provide immediate feedback and practice.
- VERNIER - Powerful science software that is used to collect and analyze real data in labs, includes special sensors and hardware.
- WEVIDEO - Online Video Editor with collaborative features allows AHA students to screencast, podcast, and edit videos to demonstrate learning.
- HAPARA - Student Monitoring software allows teachers to deliver content to student folders electronically, to focus student computers on the current task and set up collaborative, scaffolded projects.
- FLIPPED CURRICULUM - A method for teachers to leverage technology at home by screencasting a presentation for students to view outside of class, which provides more in-class time for guided practice, labs, discussion and other high-retention activities.
- STEM DIPLOMA - Endorsement available to students who complete prescribed Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics coursework.
- ONLINE HEALTH - Hybrid course with face-to-face and online instruction over four years, results in one credit.
- INFORMATION LITERACY - Unique program called “SKILL” through the Library Media center includes pre- and post-tests and is embedded in core curriculum through all four years.
- X2VOL SERVICE TRACKING - Web-based software where students can find community service opportunities offered through AHA, submit their hours and track their progress towards their yearly service requirement.
- CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY - Classrooms offer collaborative and cutting edge features such as Smartboards, document cameras, 3D printers and audio visual equipment.
- BEYOND THE SCHOOL DAY - Because AHA students take their technology home with them, the learning doesn’t stop when the last bell rings. Online school is employed for school closings due to weather or other events that conflict with the school day. From Robotics team to completing AP Computer Science homework, AHA students use technology that’s powerful and available.