Technology has significantly changed the way we work and live. The skills that today’s students need to be productive, fulfilled adults span beyond reading, writing and mathematics. Today our students must be self-directed, life-long learners as well as ethical, responsible digital citizens prepared to meet the increasing challenges of a global, information based society. They must learn how to access, manipulate, and evaluate information, synthesize concepts, and creatively express their ideas to others using increasingly more sophisticated tools. Moreover, students must learn to use these tools in a manner reflective of Gospel values.
Given the importance of technology to life skills today and in the future, digital learning tools and instruction are an integral part of the educational experience at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School. Our objective is to incorporate technology into all subject areas of the curriculum, thereby deepening understanding and strengthening critical thinking skills across multiple platforms and subject areas. We believe that students naturally love using technology tools. They can be very motivational, easily personalized and allow students a degree of autonomy in their own learning processes. For this reason, our teachers are committed to ongoing professional development to ensure effective integration of technology into instruction.
Our technology goals for St. Francis of Assisi graduates are:
Technology integration occurs in all areas of learning on campus. We currently offer a 1:1 iPad take home program in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. 3rd grade shares a cart of 20 iPads, 4th grade shares a cart of 20 iPads, and 5th grade classrooms each have a cart of 15 iPads. 1st and 2nd grade share a cart of 15 iPads. Pre-school, Pre-K and Kindergarten share a cart of 15 iPads.
Thanks to the generosity of our families, the 2014 Auction Fund An Item raised monies to replace all technology in the computer lab and convert our lab from PC to Mac Hardware. Apple, Microsoft and Google applications are utilized on this equipment. We now have 30 iMacs for student use, a MacBook Pro for the Technology Teacher, Apple TV and Mac Mini Server.
Students receive instruction through Common Sense Media resources. All iPads have Airwatch, a mobile device management system, installed with Diocesan filtering and pre-approved applications available in the App Catalog. 1:1 iPads are monitored 24/7 and students and parents sign an Acceptable Use Policy to ensure partnership and safety compliance.