Holy Family Catholic School’s Technology program strives to utilize technology tools to enhance the learning goals of our students. As such, the Technology curriculum integrates with the classroom curriculum to provide seamless usage of productivity, communication, and collaborative tools so that students may meet their curricular goals. The National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) as well as the Common Core Standards serve as a guide for our program.
Our technology program begins at the Transitional Kindergarten level and continues through 8th grade. Students have class once per week and learn a variety of skills, beginning with simple and basic computer skills, keyboarding, and problem solving. Our students also learn productivity tools such as the Google apps (Docs, Slides, and Sheets). They explore many other tools that are becoming increasingly more important in the global community. These tools include, coding, robotics, photo editing, video editing, 3D design and printer, and so much more.
As mentioned above, keyboarding remains an important part of our curriculum, though it has been losing some traction over the years. Our early elementary grades play various games (both online and offline) to help them locate and recognize keys on the keyboard. Beginning around 3rd grade, students utilize various typing programs and websites to help them gain skill in touch typing.
Technology is not going away, and Holy Family places a great deal of emphasis on students learning and utilizing technology. We also place an even greater emphasis on student safety in a digital world. Therefore, students also learn grade-level appropriate internet safety. Our school also provides multiple layers of filtering and monitoring to keep students safe while on campus.
“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” Sydney J. Harris