Mason Prep's technology curriculum develops skills across multiple platforms, with an emphasis on those tools used for researching, organizing and presenting ideas.
- Each student has computer class at least once per week (once/week for 1st-6th grades, twice/week for 7th-8th grades)
- 1:1 iPad/tablet program (currently for grades 3-8) provides each student with his/her own device for use throughout the day in all classes. Students in grades 3 through 6 are provided with school-owned iPads, and 7th and 8th grade students use school-owned Surface tablets running Windows 10. Additional class sets of iPads are available for teachers in grades K through 2 to check out for use by their students.
- Computer lab contains twenty-five wireless notebook computers.
- Classrooms are equipped with sound systems and projectors or televisions to enhance instruction and meet the needs of various learning styles. Nearly every classroom has an interactive white board or interactive television, and all classes have access to digital cameras.
- Develop familiarity with computers and mobile devices
- Use computers and mobile devices to supplement math and reading skill development
- Develop proper keyboarding skills (3rd and 4th grades attend an extra computer class per week for keyboarding)
- Use technology resources for research purposes
- Use technology tools for individual and collaborative writing, presentation, and publishing activities
- Explore proper and safe internet usage
- Explore coding through a variety of platforms
- Develop an understanding of hardware, software, and coding concepts
- Continue to develop technology research skills
- Use productivity and multimedia tools and peripheral equipment for personal work and group collaborations across the curriculum
Library Media Center
The library media program supports and enriches the teaching and learning process, provides intellectual and physical access to all avenues and formats of information, and promotes within the Mason Prep community and beyond the joy of lifelong reading and inquiry.
For kindergarten through fourth grades, each homeroom visits the Media Center once per week to learn media literacy skills. The upper school students, faculty and others enjoy open scheduling beginning at 7:30 a.m. to come to the library media center for individual checkouts, Accelerated Reader program quizzes and research.
The media center houses a collection of over 8,000 books as well as a variety of databases, DVDs, periodicals, and non-printed resources. Students and faculty can access the library catalog from anywhere in the school for research. Other activities such as the in-school television program (KNI-TV), chess club, authors' visits, and the Accelerated Reader Program are sponsored by the media center.
"My idea of a good library is similar to that of author Lemony Snicket who said, 'A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.' We like to add that the library should also be a place that is never too quiet, or too loud, because someone is always finding a new piece of knowledge, solving a problem, or making a discovery." - Marci Yates, Media Specialist
In concert with Mason Preparatory School's commitment to the education of the whole child, the library media program supports and enriches the teaching and learning process; provides intellectual and physical access to all avenues and formats of information; and promotes the joy of lifelong reading and inquiry necessary for our students to lead successful, meaningful lives in the 21st century.