Technology

Our goals at St. Michael School are to promote, facilitate and enhance teaching, learning and working efforts of the students and faculty through the use of technology.

We are constantly exploring and incorporating new technologies that promote learning so as to create an atmosphere of technological collaboration that enhances and supports learning opportunities for all involved.

 

To become technologically proficient, students will develop their skills through integrated activities in all content areas. These skills will be introduced during their computer classes and then refined collaboratively with classroom teachers as an integral part of the learning process.

 

As national standards dictate, our students’ computer classes “provide a framework for technological literacy, and demonstrate a progression from physical manipulation skills in the use of technology, to intellectual skills necessary for information use, to skills needed for working responsibly and productively within groups.” Our school’s technology program and curriculum lay the foundation for continuous learning for both teachers and students.

 

While the teaching of technology skills and goals are met, teachers can use these goals as guidelines for planning technology-based activities in which students achieve success in learning and varied ways of communication to prepare them to meet the challenges of today’s technology-rich world.

Interactive Distance Learning

A state-of-the-art Interactive Distance Learning (IDL) Polycom conference system broadens the scope of learning experiences by giving students increased access to “here-and-now” educational resources and valuable live interchanges with the outside world. Students have conferenced with Holocaust survivors, NASA and Advocate Christ Hospital to experience a live Open Heart Surgery, just to name a few.

Digital Citizenship

St. Michael School is committed to promoting academic excellence through an integrated, contemporary curriculum rooted in Gospel values and taught in a faith community. Our mission calls us to teach the message of Jesus, to encourage service to others, and to prepare students to be confident, connected, and responsible lifelong learners.

Student Social Media

Our hope and goal here at St. Michael’s is to teach and model for our students the virtues they learn at home; acceptance, integrity, respect, and kindness. Students need to learn and experiment with decision making on their own. Unfortunately, those decisions are not always the best and lessons are learned.

 

I am asking for your help in monitoring the proper use of social media. I realize that these outlets are an important way for our students to stay connected with one another, but I encourage you to discuss your definitions of proper usage with your child(ren). We will continue to discuss proper usage in the classroom as well.

 

You don’t have to be an expert on texting, Instagram, Minecraft — or whatever else your kids are into — to have The Talk. Start by reading up on what’s going on in your kids’ world (for younger kids and older kids). Ask them to show you what they like online, and why. Then, express a few basic expectations, with the understanding that this isn’t a one-and-done kind of chat. Here is some information from Common Sense Media to help you #HaveTheTalk.

1-1 Chromebook Program

Our technology resources include:

  • Computers with network and internet access in all classrooms;
  • Large (37”) LCD display monitors connected to computers in all classrooms;
  • A fully networked 32-station computer lab;
  • 1:1 Chromebook laptop computer program in Grades 4-8;
  • Kindle e-Readers in Advanced Literature class;
  • iPads (100) that are available for classroom use for Grades 3-8;
  • Microsoft Surface RT tablet computers (32) that are available for classroom use;
  • Interactive SMART boards in every classroom, preschool through 8th grade;
  • A state-of-the-art Interactive Distance Learning (IDL) Polycom conference system.
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