At SHS we are changing the way teachers teach; interact with their students and families; and the way students learn and engage in course materials. As an educational institution, it is Sacred Heart Schools' mission to prepare students to live and thrive in the era in which they will live. Students need to be able to think critically, problem-solve, discern truth from a variety of resources, research, present learning in a variety of ways, and create, store, and retrieve information. Using a roadmap, 21st century technology skills are infused and built upon as students move through the grades. The following sections outline the technology available for both teaching and learning at the various grade levels.
Professional growth in the area of technology for faculty and staff is one of the goals of the Technology Plan. "Brain Day" is sponsored each year by the Center for Student Success (CSS) and the Technology Department. A keynote speaker begins the day, followed by teacher-led technology workshops. Brain Day 2013 featured Guy Kawasaki speaking on "Enchantment". Teachers can also apply for Summer Technology Grants. Nine teachers received grants for the summer of 2013. Projects included the creation of an iBook, an app for Spanish, and the integration of the TI-Nspire app into math courses to name a few.
Sharing our learning with other schools in another way we grow professionally. During the year, the technology department hosts Share Days. At these times, representatives from schools can spend time visiting classrooms, meeting with teachers and students, and sharing their knowledge with our teachers and technology departments. This year we will host one in January and May. The agenda from May 18, 2012 provides a sample of the day. Please contact Dr. Lopez for further information.
SHP was invited to submit an application for Apple's Education Recognition Program. The link to the right is completed electronic book application. You can download this into iBooks on your iPad or iPhone.
Technology is one tool utilized to assist teachers and students in the learning process. The seamless integration of technology throughout the school programs aids in connecting, communicating, collaborating, researching, and investigating, all important tools for the 21st century. All classrooms are equipped with ActivBoards or LCD projctors and sound systems. Students benefit greatly from the technology teachers infuse in the classroom.
Preschool & Kindergarten & Lower School (grades 1-5)
ActivBoards are utilized in Grades PSK-3 to engage students in learning. Teachers can gather class information through polling and answering questions, using Student Response Systems (SRS). Classroom computers support the curriculum through additional software and resources ranging from FasttMath, Read Naturally and IXL. Teachers have access to a broad range of software/subscription services to enhance their lessons via interactive Web sites (i.e., BrainPop, CTN, etc.) Teachers also have access to the latest technology and software for student assessment in grades 1-3. Kindergarten through fourth grade share iPads. Teachers use a variety of apps for reinforcement, enrichment, research, and creation.
Several PC desktop computers are located in Grade 1-3 classrooms. Fourth grade students have access to laptop computers in the classroom. Additionally there is a fully equipped computer lab available to students in grades 1-8.
Fifth grade is the entry point to the 1:1 program. Students have full access to laptops for productivity, collaboration, and research. The students' technology skills are increased as they use the computer as a personal digital assistant to help them with their daily work. Midway through the year, students have the use of iPads in addition to laptops. Students utllize this 1:2 technology to learn about cloud and mobile computing in preparation for the fully integrated iPad program commencing in 6th grade.
Middle School (grades 6-8)
Beginning in the fall of 2013, all students in grades 6 - 8 will have an iPad to use at home and at school. The use of iPads allows teachers to infuse innovative projects and collaborative learning into the daily lives of the students. By the end of eighth grade, students will be prepared to utilize 21st century technology skills in their high school learning environment.
Preparatory (grades 9-12)
The 21st century presents many opportunities and challenges for today's students and the global society. Sacred Heart Preparatory (SHP) strives to utilize technology to empower students to lead the future. Students in grades 9-12 have technology tools to view homework, grades, course resources, and enrichment.
All students in the Prep are part of the one-to-one iPad Program. Students receive an iPad to use in school and at home. The iPad comes with a keyboard case and apps. Additional apps to support the curriculum are purchased by the family. The use of eBooks is increasing with several faculty members creating their own textbooks. The integration of the iPad to support the academic program has transformed teaching and learning.
Students have access to computers in the computer lab and the library. Several courses also utilize desktop or laptop computers including computer science courses, robotics, digital art, and music.