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.

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.

Digital Citizenship Resources

Tech Tips for Parents

  • For children younger than 18 months, avoid use of screen media other than video-chatting. Parents of children 18 to 24 months of age who want to introduce digital media should choose high-quality programming, and watch it with their children to help them understand what they’re seeing.
  • For children ages 2 to 5 years, limit screen use to 1 hour per day of high-quality programs. Parents should co-view media with children to help them understand what they are seeing and apply it to the world around them.
  • For children ages 6 and older, place consistent limits on the time spent using media, and the types of media, and make sure media does not take the place of adequate sleep, physical activity and other behaviors essential to health.
  • Designate media-free times together, such as dinner or driving, as well as media-free locations at home, such as bedrooms.
  • Have ongoing communication about online citizenship and safety, including treating others with respect online and offline.
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