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Technology

We work to harness the potential that technology offers and capitalize on the multitude of non-school technology skills that our students bring to the classroom through careful utilization of age-appropriate tools for “office” productivity, research, collaboration, media creation, and more. We work with parents and students to build a community where collaboration empowers differentiated learning and where students are inspired and challenged to see themselves as creators of ideas as well as recipients of knowledge.

Information & Technology Literacy

Technology Literacy, the ability to know how and when to use which technology to meet a need, is essential for success in modern society. Technology Literacy in turn is foundational for Information Literacy, which is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use, and communicate it in an ethical manner.

Technology and information literacy at Concordia are not a set of classes, but rather are a continuum of skills and training, integrated across the entire curriculum, and developed through close collaboration among tech staff, teachers, and library and curriculum development staff.

Safety and Responsibility

Students of all ages are already engaged with “i” this and “i” that at home and it would be a shame if they had to leave all this technology at the classroom door. To be sure, technology improperly used can be a source of great distraction, wasted time, and exposure to age-inappropriate content. However, properly used, technology can be a pathway to higher levels of student creativity and research in a new world of learning and expression. Technology can lead to broader knowledge, deeper understanding, greater collaboration, and a joy of learning.

At Concordia, we employ a graduated approach where students gain greater freedom and more responsibility as they prove their ability to productively and safely use technology for learning. Teachers and Tech Coaches are on hand to guide students as they grow in this area.

At home, parents are the key to their student’s education and should always be involved with their student. The most important technology rule for parents is that they should guide their student’s use of the Internet, regardless of the age of their student. It is important that parents know what their student is actually doing on the computer, instruct them and set limits about what is acceptable, and talk to them about what they are seeing and reading. Concordia offers workshops to help parents in this area.

Tech in the Classrooms

We supply students with a multitude of resources and supervised access to the internet in the classroom. Each classroom is equipped with audio/visual equipment (TV or projector), printer and internet connectivity (wired and wireless). Cameras and microphones are available as needed.

Elementary School

Every Kindergarten through Grade 4 classroom has about 1 school-provided Apple device (a combination of iPads, laptops, and desktop computers that are shared) for each student to use during the school day.

Our digital literacy coach works side-by-side with both students and teachers, observing, training and expanding the use of technology in meaningful ways to continually increase engagement and improve student achievement. Students
work individually and with partners on desktop computers, laptops and iPads; they also interact with SmartBoards (interactive white boards). Our students use these forms of technology to learn proper technology etiquette and teamwork, investigate questions, research topics, publish their original writing and practice and review typing and other types of skills. Students learn that while computers and iPads are fun and games, they are also amazingly powerful tools that help
us learn and create.

Students have access to a wide variety of software including (depending on grade level and classwork requirements) iWork, iLife, Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Apple Final Cut Pro, Timeline 3D, Comic Life, Visual Thesaurus, Ultrakey, PinYinMaker, Tux Paint, and others

Middle & High School

Our faculty continues to find opportunities to elevate the teaching of concepts in the middle and high school curriculum with the availability of cutting-edge technology at their student’s fingertips.

Modern technology makes creating sophisticated movies, recordings, and illustrations look easy, but they are not easily made well. Students at Concordia do learn to use technology well and are demonstrating the foundational skills of planning, resource management, logistics, and social skills of communication and collaboration as they do so.

While technology comes with temptations (for example, the ever popular video gaming), we have found that Concordia students are equal to the challenge of early responsibility in respecting, caring for and managing the powerful tool technology is.

Our middle and high school faculty, not only understand but affirm the digital creativity and passion in students. While the way school is done differs from what we might recognize, it mirrors the way business is done. If students can use technology socially, they can use it educationally. We invite students to use technology to reinvent our concept of how learning should happen.

Examples of programs and projects utilizing technology and digital media at Concordia:

  • Video documentaries
  • Audio interviews
  • Web based newspapers
  • Editorial cartoons and political cartoons
  • Collaboration via shared document areas such as ConcordiaPad
  • Keynotes
  • Using Skype to talk with people around the world
  • Using websites to assist with studying such as Quizlet.com
  • Creating clean, outstanding photo books and photo essays
  • Use of the green screen rooms to enhance presentations
  • Timeline creation
  • Taking writing pieces and adding sound and imagery to them.

Laptop Program

Concordia requires families to provide their Grade 5 through 12 student access to an Apple laptop computer for use at school on a daily basis. (Note that the 2016-2017 school year is the first year that G5 is part of the Laptop Program.) Please read through Laptop Program details.

Tech Support

While many schools provide computers, there is rarely the type of necessary support and understanding to utilize technology to truly propel student learning to another level. Concordia has a dedicated Tech Hub (Help Desk office suite) with eight full-time support staff to manage the laptop program, audio/visual equipment and facilities, student email, and general technology infrastructure. Concordia also has Digital Literacy Coaches to help guide student and teacher growth in tech skills and to promote positive and successful use of technology in the classroom. In addition, many on-line tutorials are available for student use.

Support for Students & Employees


  • The Concordia Tech Hub is staffed with specialists who can help you with issues regarding network/wireless connection, email, printing, software applications, warranty service on laptops and general problem solving.
  • The Tech Hub is open daily from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM when school is in session. Feel free to drop-in as needed to seek support.

Support for Parents

  • The Tech Hub welcomes parents with questions regarding their student’s tech issues. The Tech Hub is open daily from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM when school is in session.
  • Basic information on parental use of Aspen and Canvas is available in Aspen_Canvas_Parent_Instruction.pdf (opens in a new tab).
  • Parents can also visit the Apple Warranty website to determine the age of a student’s laptop and whether or not the laptop is still covered by warranty.
  • For information on the Grade 5 to 12 Concordia Laptop Program please visit the Concordia Laptop Program webpage.
  • Parents needing help logging in to Aspen, the Concordia Student Information System, may come to the Tech Hub or email aspen@concordiashanghai.org for assistance.
  • General questions, comments, or concerns about technology at Concordia may be sent to tech@concordiashanghai.org .
  • The PSO can recommend small business options within the Shanghai expat community for parents with personal (non-student-related) computer needs.

Video Studio

We have two video studios equipped with specialized lighting, HD prosumer cameras on professional tripods, director-to-camera operator intercom, wireless microphones, and control booth equipment including a TricasterTM video system, which is similar to what you would find in a television or sports newsroom. (The TricasterTM is used by the NBA in the U.S.) A TricasterTM enables students to mix video and insert backgrounds and also to broadcast high-quality live video throughout the campus network and YouTubeTM-quality video for the web as well. The studio also incorporates “green walls” so that our budding videographers can produce full-body green-screen video. We also have full-body “green suits” for special projects.

EdTech Podcast

The Concordia EdTech Podcast is a collaborative presentation by Concordia’s Digital Literacy Coaches. Each week we discuss the latest headlines in Educational Technology and interview an innovative individual or company. We also toss in a free tech tip of the week.

There are two great ways to get the Podcasts:

Tech Code

The Concordia Technology & Information Use Code (Concordia Tech Code or Tech Code) is a guide to help ensure that use of technology and information, both at school and at home, is a positive and productive part of the learning experience. The Tech Code also highlights the fact that technology and information use at Concordia is a privilege, not a right, and that this privilege comes with responsibilities. Each student and his/her parent/guardian must agree to the Tech Code each year.

Note: This is an overarching Concordia Tech Code. A simplified version with more age-appropriate terminology is available for ES students in the ES Student Handbook and more division-focused versions are included in the MS & HS Student Handbooks.

Definition of Technology & Information

Technology covered under this Tech Code includes, but is not limited to, computers, networks, & applications (computer or internet-based programs, etc.); cameras, phones, tablets (e.g., iPads), lab equipment; TVs, projectors, visualizers, interactive whiteboards; microphones, sound systems, CD/DVD recorder/players; and any physical infrastructure (classroom facilities, buildings, and grounds) related to the above. Information includes information/data (digital and non-digital files of any kind including text, audio, imagery, video, etc.). The Tech Code applies to all devices used at Concordia whether they are personal or School-owned.

Summary

The Concordia Tech Code can be summed up in a few key points.

  • I commit myself to think before I act, to learn the implications of my actions, and to willingly take responsibility for my actions, including making appropriate apologies and restorations
  • I commit myself to the Golden Rule, that is, to treat other persons as I would have them treat me
  • I commit myself to acting harmoniously within the Concordia community, by which I voluntarily place certain restrictions on my own behavior for the benefit of the group

Details

The Concordia Tech Code seeks to help ensure respect for self, other persons, and Concordia. The Tech Code also explicitly provides for Concordia Administrative control over student devices while on campus or school-related trips.

  • Respect for Myself: I will have respect for myself. I will not visit objectionable Internet sites (e.g., pornographic, hate-based, or offensive to our host country China). I will be vigilant when using the Internet because I understand that the Internet is neither private nor secure (e.g., websites or applications that appear harmless may, in fact, collect information that compromises my privacy and/or might install software that compromises the security or integrity of digital devices or the school network). I will regularly make a backup copy of my data. I will not waste time by playing computer games during times set aside for schoolwork.
  • Respect for Other Persons: I will be respectful, encouraging, and helpful to each person. I will only use technology and information for purposes that are beneficial, that are not harmful (emotionally, physically, financially or otherwise) to another person or their property, and that are within the law. I will respect the right to privacy of each person (individual, organization, or company). I will not access (look at, copy, transfer, share, post, use, alter, or delete) applications or information that belong to another person unless that person gives me permission. I will respect the physical property of each person. I will not damage or take another person’s property or prevent them from using it. I will respect the electronic property of each person. I will not access, attempt to access, make changes to, block, or delete applications or information belonging to another unless that person gives me permission. I will respect the intellectual property of each person. I will obey Copyright law, including giving proper payment and attribution. [Note: one may not simply share “ripped” software, music, or video with another; each person requires a legitimate license.]
  • Respect for Concordia: I will only participate in activities and access, display, or divulge materials that do not compromise the integrity of School technology, information, community, or reputation. I will not attempt to circumvent school network security or system/software access policies and will not attempt to access or tamper with the Concordia Administrative account on School or student devices, including my own, if any. I will not add, upgrade, or modify software on School or student devices, including my own, if any, without permission of the Director of Technology. I will not waste school resources (e.g., use school bandwidth to download/play non-school related materials such as network games, music, or video). I will properly maintain and use School facilities and School and personal technology and information. I will not eat or drink in Tech facilities or near School or personal equipment. I will avoid technology-related distractions while at School. I will only use school technology & information when authorized and will not modify these unless given permission to do so by the Director of Technology. I will exercise good judgment in selecting and changing passwords and will never disclose my password(s) to anyone other than my parent or a teacher or administrator. I will not use Concordia technology or information for personal financial profit. I will not hide my activities or act in secret.
  • Respect for the Concordia Laptop Program: If I am in Grade 6 through Grade 12, I will follow all the requirements of the Laptop Program. I will only purchase a laptop model and configuration that is approved by the School, register my laptop with the School, not use a non-registered laptop while at School, and not add or alter software or configurations on the laptop without permission from the Director of Technology. I will submit my laptop to administrative control of the School. I will bring my laptop to the Tech Hub to delete School-supplied software from my laptop when I no longer use it as my primary computer at Concordia or when directed to do so by a School administrator.
  • Administrative Control: Administrative control means in part that teachers and administrators may, when deemed necessary, search the data on any personal device or account of a student (such as files and browser, chat, and Skype history, etc. on a phone, iPad, and/or laptop) and on Concordia systems (such as email, photo/video galleries, class websites, etc.) and/or temporarily impound a personal device pending a discussion with parents. I agree to Concordia administrative control of my personal devices when I am on campus or school-related trips.

Consequences of Violating the Tech Code

Violation of the Tech Code will result in appropriate consequences that might include:

  • apology to injured parties
  • monetary payment to repair/replace lost/damaged equipment/systems/data/facilities
  • deletion of software, videos, etc. if there is sufficient doubt that these were legally obtained
  • loss of privileges, e.g., email, network, system account, iPad/laptop/computer/camera use
  • suspension or expulsion from Concordia (for severe violations)

In any specific instance, the School administration makes the final determination as to what is and is not a violation of the Tech Code and also decides the consequences of a violation.