Technology is a tool that can enhance classroom efficiencies, but it is no substitute for effective, empowered teachers. That’s why you will find, at our schools, a careful strategy that limits and directs the use of technology so that it serves us in healthy ways.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION EARLY ELEMENTARY (K-2)
In our early elementary, students use classroom computers occasionally to supplement instruction. At this age, many students are just beginning to learn to interact with a computer and that in itself is a learning experience. Using laptops on carts, first and second grade students will be assessed in reading and math three times a year using the computer-based NWEA Map Test, along with weekly Accelerated Reading tests.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION UPPER ELEMENTARY (3-5)
In our upper elementary, student computer use is expanded. Students are encouraged to use technology for research, typing papers, and creating power points. Computers are also used to assess students three times a year in reading, science, and math using the computer-based NWEA Map Test. All students use computers as part of the Accelerated Reader program through the library.
ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON MIDDLE SCHOOL (6-8)
As students move into middle school, they continue to use computers for research and document creation, but here they have the opportunity to take various computer classes which include computer applications, keyboarding, computer programming I, and computer programming II. Computers are also used to assess 6th students three times a year in reading, science, and math using the computer based NWEA Map Test. All students utilize computers in the library as part of the accelerated reader program.
ST. FRANCIS HIGH SCHOOL (9-12)
All high school students are provided iPads to facilitate learning through educational “apps”, immediate access to research, and access to electronic text books. This creates an enriched and fully engaged learning environment with a potent combination of a skilled educator and a classroom full of engaged young minds, holding – literally – a world of resources in their hands. These tools, used in concert with highly effective and proven teacher methods maximize the effectiveness and efficiencies in every classroom and provide students with the technological skills to be competitive in a global society. For more information about the MyTech program at our high school, click here.