George Walton Academy boasts the most up-to-date technology available. Each classroom is equipped with a computer and a television where students enjoy closed circuit television broadcasts each morning run completely by the students. Four state-of-the-art computer labs and a graphics lab are in constant use by the students.
In the Graphic Arts lab computers are used for graphics, photography, and the yearbook. Some of the computers are equipped to do video editing and simple animation. The Graphics lab is also the center for the morning news program, one of the greatest successes throughout the history of our school. As well as providing a professional-type morning news program for our entire student body to enjoy featuring 3D graphics and proper news presentation, this program offers learning experiences for students in all areas of television broadcasts. Students receive hands-on experiences from creating and directing the program to recording, editing, and producing the broadcast using modern technological equipment and computer graphics.
George Walton Academy’s presentation lab located in the upper school media center is equipped with 24 Dell computers, theater seating, and an LCD projector allowing for group presentations and collaboration. It is an ideal setting for students to show their Prezi and PowerPoint presentations required by many teachers in different subject areas. Several programs are available in this lab to enhance academic instruction including GeoSketchpad for geometry, Audacity for Spanish, Inspiration for collaborative learning and Physics Tutor to name a few. GWA’s upper school media center is equipped with 10 computers for student use with a fully automated library catalog on all computers.
This lab is frequently used by students to research topics on the Internet. To further assist students in finding credible sources they need, GWA subscribes to 42+ online databases covering all academic areas; an academic search engine; and Questia, an online library.
A mobile lab of 24 laptop computers is also available for classroom checkout in the upper school, and a cart of 24 netbooks is available for lower school students. The lower school library has nine computers available for student use.
In the high school lab students learn word processing, spreadsheet, charting, presentation, and web page skills.
The middle school and lower school lab are used primarily to enhance academic subjects but are also used to introduce students to touch typing and basic computer skills. The popular Accelerated Reader program is available in the labs, lower school media center and classrooms and allows students to take quizzes on books they read so that teachers can monitor reading comprehension. Computer camps are often held in the summer.
As technologies grow with the world, GWA is not far behind in making sure our school has the equipment to further advance our students' learning abilities.