Technology

The technology program aims to enrich the core curriculum by providing students with meaningful ways to create, communicate, collaborate, and consume critically as they explore texts, learn about themselves, and connect with others.

computergood.jpg In the Nursery School, students have opportunities to explore digital photography and videography, to conduct online research with teacher support, to dictate stories, and to program simple robots called Bee Bots.

In the Lower School, students illustrate and communicate original ideas and stories using digital tools and media resources; create digital presentations, movies, animations, videogames, and other products to demonstrate understanding in content areas; demonstrate the safe and cooperative use of technology; use digital tools to solve problems; and find and evaluate information using digital resources.

Upper School students build upon the skills they have developed in Nursery School and Lower School. Students create three-dimensional models, code mobile apps, evaluate digital resources to determine the credibility of the author and publisher and the timeliness and accuracy of the content, use collaborative electronic authoring tools to explore ideas from multiple perspectives, and create limited, positive digital footprints while acting as good digital citizens.

Performance expectations for technology are based on “Profiles of Technology Literate Students” created by the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for Students.

Specific Examples of Technology in the Classroom

From her history classroom, an Upper School student might access the wireless network on a laptop computer to consult an on-line data source. In Grade 2, the first year of formal computer instruction, a student begins exploring a “tool kit” of applications that initially includes graphing, drawing and painting, and textual organizing programs and later grows to include Microsoft Office. Students in the Lower School also learn the power of technology when their hand-written pieces are transformed into published books within the parent-led Publishing Center.

In a Grade 4 science class, a student might use PowerPoint and an LCD projector to present to a class his research on a deep-sea creature. A Grade 5 student might choose to revise an essay on a laptop or on a desktop computer right outside his language arts classroom, while Grades 7 and 8 students work on laptops issued by the school for their use at school throughout the year.

John Faig
Director of Technology
faigj@stpatsdc.org

Jonathan Fichter
Academic Technology Coordinator
fichterj@stpatsdc.org