UTILIZING TECHNOLOGY’S POTENTIAL
The faculty and staff at St. Bartholomew have committed to integrate technology into each classroom and into our curriculum. This commitment has led us to adopt a project called “Utilizing Technology’s Potential” that will result in the following desired outcomes:
- An enhanced learning process with a wide variety of technologies including a school-wide wireless network that will provide access to digital information via secure and safe online resources.
- An enhanced teaching process through professional development and teacher access to a computer in the classroom.
- Technology integration throughout the curriculum with requirements for technology rich units of study, an improved technology/computer curriculum, ongoing teacher training and access to other technology equipment.
- Opportunities for active, collaborative learning within and beyond the classroom environment using technology to reach-out to other classrooms and school communities.
- Enhanced administrative functions and communications with the school community and, ultimately, becoming a PowerSchool.
Since the Fall of 2008, the faculty and staff at SBA have been working hard to make “Utilizing Technology’s Potential” a success. As a result, the following has occurred:
2008-2009: Faculty training, installation of school-wide wireless network, Wireless Access Points installed in every classroom, classroom laptops purchased and installed
2010: Classroom SMARTBoards with audio systems installed in every classroom, faculty training in use of SMARTBoards and affiliated software, the technology class curriculum improved and updated to meet NJ Core Curriculum Standards for Technology and National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for students.
2011: Classroom fixed, short-throw projectors installed in every classroom
2012: SMART Response Systems (student clickers) introduced in classrooms
2013: 1 to 1 Google Chromebook program introduced for grades 6 – 8 including 75 Google Chromebooks, 3 security carts that charge the chromebooks, and 2 cloud printers. Secure accounts within Google Apps for Education created for students and faculty.
- School-wide upgrade to Windows 7 on all computers in Computer Lab and classrooms.
- Implementation of Powerschool (online grade reporting) throughout the school.
- Enrollment in the Virtual High School for a limited number of advanced 8th grade students to take high school level courses in addition to their regular curriculum.
- 26 new desktop computers for the Computer Lab
- Upgraded all networking equipment, including next-generation Wireless Access Points in all classrooms, switches, and firewall
- 30 Nexus 7 Tablets for use by students and teachers in grades PreK through 2.
- Google Apps for Education accounts opened for students in grades 3 through 5.
Faculty professional development focusing on best practices for the use of technology in the curriculum especially for differentiation in education and global collaboration.
- A classroom-sized computer lab that contains 26 desktop computers that run Windows 7. A teacher computer with a large wall-mounted monitor for instruction and modelling. 2 cloud printers, and 1 scanner.
- The Academy’s library contains a laptop for using a cloud-based cataloging system that helps the librarian manage circulation and allows students to search for materials. The library is also equipped with a handheld scanner and printer.
- The Academy’s science lab contains a SMARTBoard and a laptop computer to assist students in research, lab work, and presentations.