Critical Thinking – Collaboration – Communication
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.
In the Technology Lab, our students learn and progress towards mastery using productivity tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. They also explore many other tools that are becoming increasingly more important in the global community include Wikis, Podcasts, Voice Thread, RSS, Prezi, & Skype. Students at many grade levels also get to try their hand at movie making as a presentation technique including the use of a green screen.
Keyboarding is important as a means for efficiently and accurately completing projects so students participate in the Type to Learn 4 program which is also available via the web at home.
In terms of collaboration, Edmodo is a learning platform that 6th through 8th graders utilize to carry on classroom discussion, connect in small groups, and will be a way of retrieving handouts and information passed out in class. Students in 4th through 8th also have use of the Google Drive, a personal cloud storage service from Google that helps users store and synchronize digital content across computers, laptops and mobile devices. Students have been issued usernames and passwords to access their documents on and off campus. Students use their Google Drive not only in Technology but in their other curricular classes.
“It is not about the technology; it’s about sharing knowledge and information, communicating efficiently, building learning communities and creating a culture of professionalism in schools. These are the key responsibilities of all educational leaders”. – Marion Ginapolis