Academic Technology

In recent years, NCS has made significant investments in academic technology and resources for technology integration into our classrooms. These include a commitment to providing every student in grades 4 through 8 with a school-owned iPad to use in their learning, support for our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program for grades 9 through 12, and access for faculty and students to a wide range of software tools. This spring, these all helped ease our shift to remote learning.

Over the summer, meanwhile, NCS faculty have dedicated thousands of hours of professional development to enhance their teaching repertoire in online course design, assessment, wayfinding, and connecting with students in an online environment.

In addition to the iPad or laptop, NCS recommends that each student have headphones for use when engaged in online learning. The academic technology tools available to our teachers to use during the 2020-2021 academic year include:

MyNCS (all divisions): This learning management system is the foundation of NCS’s remote learning. Students will use this to stay up-to-date on assignments and track their daily schedule. Faculty and staff will orient students to MyNCS during the first week of classes.

Adobe Creative Cloud (all divisions): Students can use Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Spark, Premiere Pro, Dreamweaver, and more to create images, videos, 3D renderings, web sites, and illustrations that represent their thinking and process.

Microsoft 365 (all divisions): NCS utilizes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneDrive, OneNote, and Forms for the production of student and faculty work. (Upper School): Students use this tool to collaboratively annotate readings while working remotely.

Seesaw (Lower School): This creates a digital portfolio where students will complete daily assignments, using audio, video, and written entries.

NoRedInk (Middle and Lower School): This application helps students work on writing skills through personalized and adaptive lessons.

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