Mount de Sales was the first high school in Middle Georgia to have a school-wide network with internet access, website hosting, individual student email accounts, and computers in every classroom. MDS also led the way with implementation of audio-visual capabilities in each classroom, wireless networking, and was an early adopter of cloud technologies allowing extraordinary collaboration capabilities. Our Learning Management System enables teachers to post material for 24/7 access by students and has tools for student engagement whether learning on-campus or remotely. A 1:1 iPad initiative was implemented in 2012, and expanded to the entire student body in 2015.
MDS has twice been recognized by the National Catholic Educational Association for innovations in technology. This history of thoughtful technological integration continues to enrich and infuse all areas of school operations and learning processes. During the recent pandemic MDS was quickly able to pivot to remote learning using tools already in place. We also recently acquired new technology to add value to school-based instruction as well as maintain an equally rigorous learning environment if online learning is required in the future.
1:1 iPad Program
We provide each student with an iPad loaded with educational applications for creating content, taking notes, building vocabulary, mastering skills, and exploring the world. Research and experience confirm that iPad technologies enhance student engagement and creativity.
Students benefit from computer labs in the Academic Resource Center (the ARC) at the Knott Library and in classrooms on campus. The network has been maintained and upgraded to enable data to flow smoothly and quickly, and its design features multiple layers of security using a variety of technologies. We also have a Virtual Reality Lab which which allows students to experience abstract science concepts, create controlled mechanical experiments, and visit faraway places.
Since MDS is a Google School, students and faculty have access to excellent cloud-based technologies including file storage, automatic backup of iPad documents and pictures , content creation tools, and more.
Parents have several options for receiving information from the school, such as texts about school-wide issues, automatic emails from the Powerschool system regarding grades and classroom activities, and monthly email updates from the administration about a variety of topics. The morning announcements are available on YouTube, and there is iPad and technology related information posted regularly on the Tech blog.