Innovation: It's What We Do!
We believe that technology can be a tremendous tool for assisting teachers to make instruction effective, challenging, and engaging for every one of our students and to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of our operational processes. To accomplish the tasks, we must often seek new ways to utilize existing technologies or research resources not already in place! We strive to ensure that our technology investments are intentional and driven by curricular or operational needs.
However, technology in Mountain Brook Schools is not just used for instruction. From our water sprinklers to our air conditioning controllers, from accounting to technology support, from online registration to online payment, every department in our school system uses technology to work more effectively and efficiently.
Equitable, Sustainable Access
Mountain Brook Schools is a tech-savvy school district where achievement and innovation are common. Each of our six schools maintains a wireless and wired LAN and are connected via a one MB WAN. Our teachers utilize their presentation computers, mounted data projectors, digital document cameras, and sound enhancement systems daily to provide an effective education for every one of our students.
Students work collaboratively and individually using a 1:2 ratio of iPads, Chromebooks, and/or laptops in grades K-3. Students in grades 4-12 use iPads, Chromebooks, and/or laptops (1:1 ratio) to engage in real-world experiences and solve problems in our rigorous learning environment.
We support three major online learning environments: Google Classroom, Canvas, and SeeSaw.
Technology related professional development is available in various formats from face-to-face, in-school and summer workshops, and online assistance. Mountain Brook Schools is fortunate to have a local school technology coordinator at each school to assist with not only learning new technologies but also with integrating the technologies into the classroom practice.
Safety and Security
We take the online safety and privacy of our students and staff very seriously. Our Data Governance policy outlines privacy and security measures whereas our Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) governs how users interact with the district's technology resources. All G-Suite and Office 365 student accounts are monitored by Gaggle and Internet access is filtered by iBoss. A list of vetted online applications is available for review from the Technology Assist web page.