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 2011-2014. The "Digital Sandbox, 2010" and "Celebrate Learning with Technology, 2011" are two of the half day in-services where teachers share their technology integration with their colleagues. Both of these days offer teachers the chance to choose their own adventure from the various sessions (ex. Celebrate Learning with technology session grid). Teachers at the Prep can also apply for Summer Technology Grants. Eleven teachers received grants for the summer of 2012. Projects included the creation of eBooks, designing iPad enriched courses, and creation of projects integrated across disciplines.
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 form 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 October, January, April 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.