Technology

 

If we teach today as we taught yesterday, then we rob our children of tomorrow. – John Dewey _DSC0506

St. Cyprian School is committed to improving students’ education by integrating technology into the daily curriculum. Technology is not a separate course of study at St. Cyprian; rather, it is a tool used regularly to increase our learning and expose us to new worlds. Students work with both Mac computers and PCs, learning how to use both systems to meet their educational needs. Students have access to various forms of technology:

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    • Media room equipped with SmartBoard and 15 iMac computers
    • SmartBoards in classrooms
    • Google Chromebooks in 3rd-8th grade
    • iPads in PK-2nd grade
    • Google Apps for Education Accounts for students in grades 4-8
    • Wireless Internet access in all classrooms
    • iPads for each teacher for classroom use
    • Desktop computer(s) in all classrooms

Thanks to generous donations from the St. Cyprian community, Google Chromebooks were purchased in May of 2015. These computers are used at the 3rd-8th grade level for different projects, research, and overall enhancement of daily subject matter and course work in the classroom. In the near future, every grade will have access to the Chrome Books as a resource.

Each 4th-8th grade student has a Google Apps for Education account, which means they can log on from any computer and their work is saved. They can collaborate on projects through Google Drive and share files with their teacher for feedback without needing to print, saving on paper.

5th-8th graders have a “tech” class for an hour per week, where they are learning how to use technology to reinforce their other lessons. At the beginning of the year, the students made their own QR codes to share letters with their parents for Open House. We hung them on the lockers and parents could scan the code and read the letter.

All students, PK-8th, have IXL accounts. This is an online math program where they can answer questions on hundreds of skills at each grade level to earn points and awards. Each time they get a question wrong, it gives an explanation of the correct answer, and it adjusts the rigor of the questions based on their progress. Students in K-5th grade also have logins for Raz-Kids, an online reading website where the children can read stories, have stories read to them, and answer comprehension questions to earn points and awards. They pick books at their reading level. Both websites can be used in the classroom or at home.

Use these websites to practice your math, reading, science, and world language skills at home!

 

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