Technology Philosophy Statement
Holy Trinity Catholic School believes that the teacher student relationship is paramount to the teaching and learning process. Therefore, a balanced approach between the classical model of education and the use of current technology to enhance instruction is at the core of the philosophy. In the primary grades up to 3rd grade, the students will be provided opportunities to use technology in their homeroom and will be given instruction in technology in the computer classroom learning the keyboard and how to use the computer to increase their learning in spelling and math. Beginning in 4th grade, students have the opportunity to complete projects and assignments using technology at home as well as in the classroom. The students continue their technology instruction in the computer classroom learning to use applications and programs.
Each classroom is outfitted with Interactive (Promethean and ENO) whiteboards, which are used for instruction. Additionally, Learn Pads supplement the instruction with activities that enhance the learning based on individual student needs. Technology skills are taught to all students to allow them opportunities to incorporate these skills into other areas of the curriculum. All students receive instruction in the areas of word processing, spreadsheets, publishing, typing skills and proper use of Internet resources. The students will be given opportunities to demonstrate mastery of these skills through other areas of the curriculum.
Middle school students use Google Classroom. Google Classroom is a free web-based platform that integrates Google Apps for Education with all Google Apps Services. Including Google Docs, Gmail, and Google Calendar. Classroom saves time and paper, and makes it easy to create classes, distribute assignments, communicate, and stay organized. Classroom lets students communicate with teachers and easily share assignments, materials, and messages. Teachers can quickly see who has or hasn’t completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback and grades right in the Classroom.
- Creativity and Innovation – demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes.
- Communication and Collaboration – Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
- Research and Information Fluency – Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
- Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making – Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.
- Digital Citizenship – Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.
- Technology Operations and Concepts – Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.