A technology program for the real world.
Our iExcel program focuses on five key areas, as we teach students to use technology in age appropriate ways. Students learn not only how to use technology programs, but also how to handle personal technology choices in ways that honor the Lord and further His kingdom.
At the elementary level, students are exposed to iPads, SMART Boards, desktop and laptop PCs, and various other technology tools. During a weekly computer class – and in their classrooms – students learn technology basics, internet navigation and safety skills, word processing and presentation skills, and digital citizenship. Research skills are taught collaboratively with the computer and library teachers at each elementary campus.
Students use technology to minister to others by making cards or videos. They expand their world through virtual field trips and Skype sessions with students at the Royal Kids School in Kenya.
Third through fifth grade classes have an iPad for each student to use in the classroom. In younger grades, students have sets of iPads for small group use in the classroom. Class sets of iPads are also available for grades k-2 as needed for whole-class projects.
At the middle school and high school level, students continue to have access to iPads, interactive projectors, desktop and laptop PCs, and other technology tools. All Upper School students take home a school-owned iPad each day. Plus, our library Maker Space is a great place for students to try out new technology.
Middle school computer classes teach the Microsoft Office Suite through real life projects. High School level computer classes dive into design, using PhotoShop, Adobe Flash, and InDesign. Students in grades 7-12 also have the opportunity to volunteer for the Student Tech Team, where they partner with the FCS Technology Department to gain in-depth skills for ministry and leadership. Various chapels and special programs throughout the year reinforce the use of technology from a Christian perspective.
We believe that education is a partnership with families and we cannot teach appropriate technology use without parental support. Parents are encouraged to attend technology training sessions led by our FCS Technology Department throughout the year as well as special presentations by speakers such as Sylvia Frejd, author of The Digital Invasion.
1 Corinthians 10:31
“Therefore whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”