Technology at Archer

Computers serve as a diverse, cognitive tool that supports transformational teaching and learning at Archer. Through the purposeful and natural integration of digital tools, Archer teachers develop innovative and individualized learning opportunities for all students.
Archer’s mission to foster students’ critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and intellectual curiosity is supported by a technological learning ecosystem that includes laptops, interactive whiteboards, tablets, and more. We don’t believe that technology is the innovation, but rather, it is the catalyst. Our belief is captured by a quote from Chris Dede, Professor of Learning Technologies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, who describes technology as "the catalyst for deeper curriculum, for better teaching, for more valid assessment, for linking school to life.”

What the Research Tells Us

  • Student engagement in their learning is significantly higher with enhanced access and opportunities that 1 to 1 laptop programs provide (Bebell & Kay, 2010)
  • Students with routine access to notebook computers score higher in writing assessments, demonstrate better analytical skills, collaborate more, and have lower absenteeism. (Wilson & Peterson, 2006)
  • Teachers and parents consistently report that students participating in a 1 to 1 laptop program are more involved in learning activities, spend more time on schoolwork at home, delve more deeply into learning topics, and communicate more effectively. (Lemke & Martine, 2003)
  • 1 to 1 programs create a "level playing field" because each student is equipped with the same technology and support.
  • Research also shows that 1 to 1 learning programs have a significant impact beyond schools to families and communities, with students acting as mentors to parents, siblings, and other community members. (Lemke & Martine, 2004)
Technology is not an innovation, it’s a catalyst.

At a Glance

List of 6 items.

  • 1 to 1 Device Program

    Apple iPad or MacBook Pro for every student and teacher
  • Wireless

    school-wide wireless connectivity
  • Fiber

    internet broadband
  • Storage

    synced on-campus storage
  • Cloud-based

    collaboration using Google Mail, Calendar, Drive, and Sites
  • Professional Tools

    professional grade tools: Final Cut, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)