The Donalda School Computer Lab is equipped with 22 Macintosh I-Mac computers. Each is connected to the Internet, to a central server (LAN), to the Clearview Network of Schools (WAN), and has email accessibility for all students. There are a number of additional computers similarly connected in classrooms throughout the school.
Additional computer-lab equipment is accessible to all supervised students, and includes a DVD camera and a Quick-Take camera (both used for a variety of activities including newspaper and sporting event coverage, Media Class projects and experimentation, and yearbook preparation), a laser printer capable of accepting feed from all 30 computers simultaneously, a color printer, and two scanners to supplement the production of report material and research projects.
In addition to regular instruction periods throughout the school week, supervision of the Computer Lab also is provided outside of class time (lunch and after school) to encourage additional hands-on experience for students in a variety of computer activities.
One of the foremost and enjoyed uses of the Computer Lab has been the production of the school newspaperóThe Donalda Golden Star. For this production, students in junior high act as reporters, print and photo editors, editorial and opinion columnists, page lay-out editors, and cartoonists and artists. Donalda students take great pride in their craft and detail the paper with personalized headlines, creative entertainment features, and comprehensive coverage of news, feature and sports articles, each of which is relevant to students, parents, teachers and community members.
Donalda School also has a wide variety of supplementary computer programs, including All The Right Type, Number Muchers, Chessmaster 4000, Sight Words Levels 1 & 2, Social Studies Research Activity Program, Mastering Numeration, Reading Comprehension Levels 1, 2 & 3, Phonemic Awareness, Super Phonics, Readiness Skills, My Own Stories, and similar educational features. These are utilized by instructors to teach, train, and provide skills for students across the grades.
In conclusion, we at Donalda School are proud of the degree of technological competence acquired by students at our school. Each technological skill and training is integrated into curriculum instruction to enhance learning as prescribed by Alberta Education.