Technology courses are essential to every Catholic school curriculum. In fact, technology is required to be integrated throughout each course of study from Mathematics to Religion. The use of technology in the 21st century is integral to preparing students for college and career success. Technology courses in Catholic schools cover a variety of lessons including Research and Information Fluency, Digital Citizenship, Creativity and Innovation, Communication and Collaboration. All of these units are taught and influenced by the lens of Catholic identity and the dignity of all humankind.
We provide our children with hands-on learning in Computer Lab starting at grade Pre-K. Each grade focuses on specific topics, typically involving Microsoft Office 365 or Google. We are 100% Google and Microsoft certified which means every child has their own Google and Microsoft account.
- Pre-K thru 1st grade: Basic computer use, keyboarding, Use the lab to reinforce basic lessons learned in classroom and typically there is a project of some sort, usually based on a holiday.
- 2nd Grade: Begin using Word and Power Point. Mr. Yingling, our Computer instructor progresses as the children do, and moves to more advanced teaching throughout the year. As the class size allows, and the children demonstrate progress, some classes have started a video project in 2nd grade.
- 3rd and 4th Grades: Scratch Coding, keyboarding, basic Web design (WYSIWYG not HTML). Video Projects and Editing. Simple 3D design.
- 5th-Microsoft Office throughout the year. He often interjects simple tasks to allow the students a break from the intensity of Microsoft Office (excel, powerpoint, etc.)
- 6th Grade: 3D design, Web Design covering HTML and CSS coding. App building using MIT APP inventor.
- Internet Safety is taught in every grade and typing (as needed).
Each grade level has access to Ipads and 5th through 8th grade have 1:1 Ipads. We are also going to be adding Chromebooks to our inventory.
In addition to the core technology integrated curriculum, 3D printing has been added as an activity to enhance instruction throughout many of the schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
On May 5, 2015, Archbishop William E. Lori held a press conference to announce an exciting new initiative that makes a 3D printer available in every Archdiocesan school. The initiative was made possible due to support from the Embracing Our Mission ~ Shaping Our Future capital campaign, a generous donation by Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Croteau, and our technology and curriculum partners, 3D Systems and STEAMTrax.
3D printing is considered a “game-changer” for schools, as they provide children with unparalleled access to innovative technology used by engineers, astronauts on the International Space Station, and medical professionals and scientists.
St. John School students will have access to this same technology and a curriculum that allows our students to become more ready every day for future discoveries and advances we have yet envisioned.