Technology experiences at St. Paul prepare students to become tech savvy individuals that employ 21st century skills in creativity and innovation; communication and collaboration; research and information fluency; critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making; digital citizenship; and technology operations and concepts. These skills identified by ISTE (International Society of Technology Education) are integrated into the course of study to enhance all students’ educational experience.
At St. Paul, technology is a tool for learning. We are a Google Apps for Education school, which allows us to explore in a 1:1 computing environment with learning and internet devices available to all students that will enhance their learning of the 21st Century Skills.
Beginning in Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten with Chromebooks in the Creative Learning Center, students begin learning how to use computers and work on their classroom curriculum items with the amazing program called “ABCMouse”. Our Kindergartten and 1st grade classes continue their learning with classroom sets of iPads. Our 2nd through 5th graders use Android tablets.
Our students learn technology skills with our program EasyTech (at learning.com), as well as on a number of other web-based programs to gain understanding of the following skills:
• Word processing
• Multimedia production and more
In addition to these devices, there are interactive whiteboards in each area of the school, as well as dozens of desktop computers.
As part of our 1:1 Program, each 6th, 7th and 8th grade student receives a laptop computer for use during his/her three years of Middle School. The students incorporate technology throughout the curriculum to enhance learning. Every student uses their laptop computer to take notes, access Internet resources, create videos and podcasts, check the headlines of online newspapers and magazines, refer to web-based textbooks and much more.
Interactive software on each laptop, provides the students with a collaborative environment for learning. From spreadsheets to digital movies, St. Paul students learn to harness the power of technology to make complex calculations, to analyze scientific experiments, to create websites, and to improve their understanding world language and culture.
Our teachers receive extensive training to incorporate technology effectively into all subjects and participate in a vigorous EdTech Teacher Challenge online.