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In this 21st century, it is hard to get through the day without being expected to interact with some sort of technology. Technology is all around, desktop computers, mobile phones, mobile tablets, digital assistant devices, activity trackers, smart watches, online check-in for appointments, online bill pay, social networks, cloud accounts even the self-checkout at Target, just to name a few.
As educators, our challenge is to prepare youth today to become academic, social, and spiritual leaders of tomorrow. At St. Monica, we equip our students with skills to make meaningful contributions to society. This requires we provide them with the skills to successfully navigate our digital world. Consequently, our students are provided with as many opportunities as possible to interact with, learn with, and create technology.
We invite you to learn more about our technology program through the links above. Details regarding our technology labs, SMART Boards, and School iPads may be found there as well as information about our Digital Citizenship program and Moodle, our learning management system. If you have any questions about our program please use the button above to get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.
We have two computer labs. One lab serves Preschool through 5th grade students. The other serves our middle school students. In total there are 62 desktop computers available running the Windows operating system. Available applications include Kid Pix, the Microsoft Office, Scratch, browser software, Imagination Station, Smart Notebook, Inspiration, Accelerated Reader, Google Earth, World Book Online, and our library card catalog.
Topics covered during Technology class for our Preschool through 5th grade students include KidPix, ABCya, TypingWeb, MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), Digital Citizenship, Software Programming (Code.org), and Multimedia using Digital Cameras (PhotoStory3).
In addition, our 3rd graders receive an introductory keyboarding course during the spring semester. They are taught using Forte keyboards. Keyboarding skills are then honed at each grade level during technology class.
Topics covered during Technology class for our Middle Schoolers include Keyboarding, Computer Basics (hardware and software), MS Office (Word, Excel, Publisher, Access), The Internet, Digital Citizenship, Multimedia (PhotoStory3), and Web Programming (HTML, CSS).
A signed Acceptable Use Policy must be on file for each student. This policy details the terms by which students are permitted access to the St. Monica School computer system.
Each classroom is equipped with a SMART Board, a touch-sensitive whiteboard. Touch-sensitivity provides student interactivity opportunities. The student can demonstrate their knowledge through touching, drawing, or writing. The SMART Board is used in conjunction with SMART Notebook.
Teachers create their own lessons with SMART Notebook or choose a lesson available within SMART Notebook. Alternatively, they may choose a lesson from the Modern Chalkboard website. The Modern Chalkboard website has many professionally developed SMART Board lessons over a wide range of topics including the Alphabet, Grammar, Science, and Social Studies.
Moodle, is our learning management system. It promotes learning anytime anywhere. Moodle is very robust and may be used to build a course that is entirely online. Teachers at St. Monica use it to build blended courses. Teachers post course materials like handouts, worksheets, test reviews, and assignments. In addition, teachers post links to educational videos and other internet sites. Teachers also use Moodle to collect assignments, administer online quizzes/tests, build glossaries and create blogs.
Each 3rd through 8th grade student has a Moodle account. After receiving Moodle credentials and logging into our Moodle site, the student will see a list of courses in which they are enrolled. Upon entering a course the student will have access to course resources and/or activities posted by the teacher.
It is the vision of St. Monica School to create a community of safe, responsible, and respectful digital citizens by providing ongoing education and exposure. Our goal is to ensure a learning environment that promotes discerning use of digital technologies while demonstrating values of the Catholic faith.
St. Monica School is dedicated to providing all students with an engaging and rigorous academic experience coupled with Catholic values and a safe and secure learning environment, both on campus and online. As digital learning becomes a strong component of educating students in the 21st century, we have recognized how essential it will be for educators, parents, and our community as a whole to work together to equip our students with the age appropriate knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the ever-changing digital world. This includes, but is not limited to, using technology responsibly, using safe practices to ensure individual and collective security, communicating morally, ethically, and compassionately with one another and the world, upholding the law, and being positive digital contributors.
Our iPad program at St. Monica has grown to 550+ iPads with approximately 450 of those dedicated to students. Currently, there are roughly 200 educational apps available for teachers to incorporate into their lessons. This number increases virtually every day. We also use online books and distribute e-books. Accessories such as iPad keyboards are available on campus for students to complete assignments. Our youngest students have access to headphones and styluses. We anticipate our program to grow further over the coming years.
Our teachers are exemplary and have wholeheartedly embraced teaching with technology. Consequently, we are reaping the benefits of our iPad program with increased collaboration, anywhere anytime learning, individualized learning and enhanced lesson engagement.