Technology allows us to transform our learning environments and better prepare our students for global learning in this digital age.
To maximize learning opportunities in all content areas at St. Rose, we work to embed technology throughout the curriculum. Our technology program produces students who have both strong technical skills and are digitally literate. They are ready to face the challenges of today’s ever evolving “techno-world”.
State-of-the-Art Computer Lab
- A state-of-the-art computer lab with a full-time instructor is an integral part of the St. Rose curriculum.
- All students attend classes at least once a week in our computer lab, which houses 25 new Dell computers with 22” monitors.
- Our technology curriculum is based on the National Educational Technology Standards and is designed in collaboration between our technology instructor and classroom teachers.
- Students are taught word-processing, spreadsheets and presentation skills as they complete projects integrated with classroom curriculum.
- Skills are built upon sequentially as students age, starting with the basics in Kindergarten, with more advanced formatting concepts introduced each year.
- All students complete multimedia projects.
- At the primary level, students create books and slideshows as outcomes to various study units using KidPix software.
- Beginning 4th grade, all students learn to create PowerPoint presentations.
- Through the use of digital projectors, students share their presentations with their class.
- Seventh graders complete digital storytelling projects, merging photographs with pan-and-zoom techniques, transitions, music and narration into video presentations.
- Eighth graders create websites as the final part of their year-long projects, wherein they become proficient in all aspects of the Office Suite program by creating their own fictitious businesses.
- The Internet is available at all workstations in the computer lab.
- Webquests are completed by students at all grade levels on topics related to their classroom curriculum.
- Besides this directed use of online resources, students in grades five and above are taught valuable Internet researching skills as well as strategies to evaluate the validity of information they find online.
- We discuss digital ethics, including plagiarism and how to avoid it, copyright infringement and intellectual property rights and safe computing practices, from downloads and viruses to guarding personal information and social networking sites.
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