Vision Statement for Technology
Technology will be used throughout our school as we acquire new and exciting ways to meet the needs of all our students. We will strive to use the most up-to-date technology tools in order to:
- design learning environments that will reach out to a diverse learning community
- gauge and monitor our students’ individual levels of achievement, using that information to make important decisions about our programs and our support for student learning
- model and encourage collaboration between and among us all: teachers, students, parents, administrators and the global community
As 21st century lifelong learners, the students of the St. Gabriel School will:
- understand the ever-evolving ways in which technology can challenge our personal safety
- develop literacy skills that require them to identify reliable and credible sources
- use those sources to develop their own distinctive voices
- demonstrate responsibility for the ethical use of technology
- engage in the use of technology to promote participation in the global learning environment
- distinguish and demonstrate the appropriate technological applications
1:1 iPad Program
Each student is provided with an iPad for academic use. Devices are managed through the school and monitored for appropriate use. Grades in Kindergarten through 5th grade keep their iPads at school. Grades 6-8 may bring them home. The iPads are distributed in August and remain with the students throughout the school year. In May they are collected and kept for security and upkeep over the summer.
For more information, please reference the iPad 1:1 policy found in the Parent/ Student Handbook.
Each classroom is equipped with iPads, interactive whiteboards, closed circuit television to view morning newscast, wireless Internet access, and desktop computers.
Teachers and students utilize Google Apps for Education for document creation, cloud-based storage and sharing.
Online access for parents and students to view progress reports is available through Powerschool and Schoology. This learning management system is comprehensive and includes features to manage student demographics, attendance, grades, assignments, registration, digital storage, and mobile-friendly student/ parent portal. Our Powerschool and Schoology Parent and Student Portals encourage students to be responsible for their own academic progress and allow parents to monitor progress as well. The ability to view grades and teacher news in real time encourages open communication between student, parent, and teacher.
The curriculum is supported by and students have access at school and home to PowerSchool, Schoology, Dreambox, online textbooks, Discovery Education, BrainPop, ABCMouse and various other online programs.
Students in grades K-8 are introduced to robotics. Types of equipment include BeeBots, Dot and Dash, and VEX Robots.
The Robotics Club meets after school. Students work in teams to design, build and program robots capable of completing challenges that are commonly presented during several robotic competitions. Students work together to learn and share responsibilities – such as learning programming code – that are essential to success in the robotics field. The Club is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.
Computer Lab/ 3D Printing
Our state-of-the-art computer lab features 50 desktop computers with touchscreen. The computer lab is utilized by technology classes and for enrichment.
Students also have access to two 3D printers.
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