The Adelson Advantage: Technology
AEC facilitates creativity, collaboration and flexible learning by providing all students from kindergarten through 12th grade with intuitive, one-to-world Apple devices.
But when it comes to technology, the true Adelson advantage is our highly-trained staff and faculty who will help your child unlock the potential of technology for innovation and change.
Technology at AEC is overseen by our EdTech Coordinator (Coordinator of Educational Technology), who holds a Masters Degree in Instructional Design & Technology. An Apple Distinguished Educator, certified Google Digital Educators Group leader and Nevada Digital Engineer*, the EdTech Coordinator provides training to faculty and direct instruction to students.
The EdTech Coordinator works with all teachers to integrate technology into curricula. Apple apps are frequently utilized, such as Keynote for presentations, iMovie for video editing, GarageBand for audio editing and Swift Playgrounds for coding.
Teachers and students also communicate and collaborate virtually with other apps such as Google Classroom, Edsby and FlipGrid.
*AEC seeks to be a leader in technology integration in K-12 education. In response to the pandemic, our EdTech Coordinator along with two highly-credentialed members of our staff joined the Nevada Digital Engineers initiative for the 2020-21 academic year to create resources for fellow educators and advance best practices for digital instruction throughout the state.
As a member of our faculty, AEC’s EdTech Coordinator leads our high school’s Tech Biz program and middle school prerequisite courses. This includes a focus on coding that begins with basic programming in 6th grade, game design in 7th and 8th grades, and AP-level app development in 9th-12th. Students learn three programming languages: Swift, Java and MakeCode.
Our technology curriculum also includes annual units on how to be responsible users of technology. They cover online safety for the self and others with a strong anti-cyberbullying emphasis.
One-to-World Apple Devices
AEC students and faculty utilize Apple devices, such as iPads and iMac Air laptops, throughout campus. These easy-to-use, creative tools give students freedom of expression and the ability to work on creative projects independently or collaboratively from anywhere, through multiple points of access.
Our faculty and staff teach students how to utilize these devices as one-to-world technologies, a conduit to safely and securely connect them to the world, foster an empathetic imagination to drive design thinking, and respond with innovative solutions to real-world problems.
Distance and Online Learning
AEC’s longstanding investment in one-to-world technologies made our early transition to all online learning seamless at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020. We continue to provide robust online instruction, on par with in-school instruction, for students who cannot be in school due to COVID-19-related concerns.
Our EdTech Coordinator, faculty and students frequently utilize the Startup Incubator, a versatile and state-of-the-art creation space with specialized tools that support our students’ work in design thinking, coding, fabrication and entrepreneurial applications. We are fortunate to have the resources to support our students’ passion projects.
The Startup Incubator features:
- Digital media creation lab, featuring Mac computers loaded with software to support coding, graphic design and game design.
- Green screen for video production, for a variety of projects from artistic film to documentaries.
- Sound booth for audio production, supporting student podcasts, audio for video integration and other creative projects.
- Professional-grade cameras, available to students interested in digital photography.
- 3D printers and other fabrication tools students use to bring their innovative design concepts to life.
Applications in the ACE Program
Our faculty across the campus will encourage your child to explore and enjoy the Startup Incubator’s amenities early on. As our students approach their junior and senior years, they feel comfortable utilizing this space for their capstone project, which we call their Adelson Culminating Experience (ACE).