Although we provide a computer device to each student in grades 4 through 8 for daily use, our technology program is more than simply a one to one program. In fact, the focus is not on the technology. It is about recognizing and adapting to the paradigm shift in how instruction is being delivered, while sparking enthusiasm and ownership for learning in our students.
We like to think of one to one as one teacher to one student because using a computer allows for real-time or close to real-time interaction between teacher and student. The provided software includes many different programs but is anchored by a document writing program, a spreadsheet program, and a presentation program. Students in grades 6 through 8 are encouraged to take their devices home daily in order to complete schoolwork.
Grades 1 through 3 are instructed weekly to learn basic computing skills including proper mouse use, keyboarding skills, and saving files. Tablets are also used by homeroom teachers to advance learning at age-appropriate levels in both small-group settings and for independent learning.
Students in grades 4 and 5 will apply basic word-processing skills which will include the correct use of the keyboard. Students will also be introduced to the key components of being a digital citizen, including instruction about Internet safety. Correct terminology related to hardware, software and applications will be introduced and reinforced throughout the year. Students will apply basic word-processing skills and other multimedia applications to complete core curriculum projects.
Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 will build on previously learned computer skills from the elementary level and will be introduced to databases, spreadsheets, animation skills, and navigating the digital world. Students will apply advanced word-processing skills to complete core curriculum projects. The students will continue to create multimedia presentations as useful performance assessments. Students will also be introduced to the concept of research and instructed on how presenting their findings can affect local or global networks for communication purposes and collaboration of local and global issues.
The main purpose of these courses is to prepare students for the extensive computer skills they will need, not only in middle school, but in the high school as well.
Our diocesan technology curriculum can be found at: