Technology & Research

ACS aims to promote meaningful uses of integrated technology, which inspire students to develop critical thinking skills and support continuous inquiry. ACS students will use state of the art technology in a creative and collaborative environment, and model respectful, responsible, and ethical uses of technology in both social and personal contexts.

The following belief statements guide the realization of this vision:
  • We believe students and staff must be skilled users of technology, and that acquiring and maintaining skills is a continuing process.
  • We believe students and staff must have an understanding of the ethical issues associated with the use of technology.
  • We believe students and staff must have access to reliable and efficient technology resources.
  • We believe all teachers must be responsible for the appropriate integration of technology across the curriculum.
  • We believe parents play a major role in the education of their children and must work actively with teachers to connect formal and informal uses of technology.
  • We believe in being leaders in educational technology, and will investigate, ensure, and develop best practices in the integration of technology.
This vision reflects our belief that the appropriate use of technology has the power to transform our teaching/learning processes.

The ACS Technology curriculum is aligned to the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS). The curriculum was last reviewed in 2010.

Research Curriculum Philosophy
At ACS, we are committed to preparing our students to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world. This includes managing the vast amount of information available to them in an efficient, ethical, and critical way. ACS believes that consistent application and assessment of a research process will help students achieve the goals of Information Literacy, as defined by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills:

  • Access and Evaluate Information
  • Access information efficiently (time) and effectively (sources)
  • Evaluate information critically and competently
  • Use and Manage Information
  • Use information accurately and creatively for the issue or problem at hand
  • Manage the flow of information from a wide variety of sources o Apply a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of information
We aim to provide education in research skills through integrated instruction, working collaboratively with subject area teachers and departments to embed relevant and engaging research tasks into classroom units of study. The librarians meet together with the teachers to plan research-based units, and confirm that the ACS Research Standards are being addressed through the curriculum. The librarians model research skills instruction for classroom teachers in classroom settings. The librarians also provide team teaching support as appropriate, while students conduct their research.

The ACS Research standards are based on The Big 6 and Super 3 research models, developed by Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz.