Technology

MISSION STATEMENT:

Saint Elizabeth School will prepare our community of learners to utilize technology to support curriculum, enhance learning, and enrich the academic environment. The integration of our Catholic belief system in the use of technology will better enable individuals to meet the challenges of an ever-changing global society and prepare them for their place in our world. Daily access and instruction will promote moral and ethical use of technology consistent with our Catholic Faith.

OVERVIEW: SAINT ELIZABETH SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY

Today’s student is born into a technological society. The classroom used to serve as an introduction to computers and information technology but now students of all ages enter the classroom having had “Smart TV” and “Smartphone” be a part of their everyday language and experience. The challenge of being a leader in the use of academic technology has therefore changed. It is now more critical than ever that the teaching environment not only actively engage with technology but that it be used to open the discussion around what constitutes proper and productive use of these tools.

Classrooms at Saint Elizabeth School are all equipped with wireless connectivity, teacher laptops, iPads and/or Chromebooks, Promethean ActivPanel or SMART interactive whiteboards, projectors, Osmo, and wireless printers. The school engages with online, interactive textbooks in Math and Science, a variety of online resources for Reading and Writing. Saint Elizabeth School is a GSuite enabled community providing e-mail to faculty, staff and students in grades 5-8, and access to Google Drive and other Google Applications for faculty, staff and grades 3-8. The school uses all the security tools in our G-Suite portal plus the Lightspeed web filter to insure the safe use of technology. Our community is supported by a technology integration coach, who has served in the classroom before moving into the role of instructional technology.

Beginning with the use of iPads in Primary years, our students are educated on the proper use of technology and introduced to a myriad of educational applications and resources. In Grades 1-4 students engage with both iPad and Chromebooks to learn different tools to research and produce. Chromebook carts are used in Grades 5-6 to support the 1:1 learning environment. In the academic year of 2018-2019, Saint Elizabeth launched a 1:1 Chromebook "take home" initiative for 7th and 8th-grade learners.

Students in Pre-School through 6th-grade work with our certified Library-Media Specialist in an ever-evolving curriculum that includes lessons on keyboard use, web safety, and digital citizenship. Students in their Intermediate years also benefit from learning external educational technologies like coding, robotics, and web page design. 

Saint Elizabeth School is committed to not only educating our students about technology but also to ask the pertinent questions about how they use that technology. Guided by the technology goals of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, our ChristSkills and our best practices, we nurture young people in their journey of creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, digital citizenship, and technological skills.
 
OVERVIEW: SAINT ELIZABETH SCHOOL 1:1 TECHNOLOGY
 
1:1 computing is not about the device, nor putting technology into every student’s hands. Meaningful and successful 1:1 programs are based on an instructional change in the classroom with the technology being a tool to help students and teachers create a collaborative and inquiry-based learning environment. The 1:1 Chromebook Initiative at Saint Elizabeth School is based on facilitating and creating instructional delivery and learning models within our classrooms that permit students to produce content, rather than solely passively consume content.  
 
Our Diocesan Content Standards expect students to be digitally literate by reading and writing digital text and developing the technical skills necessary to consume and produce digital texts.  Students are expected to strategically, responsibly, and capably use technology and digital media by intelligently sorting through and using digital information. We have an obligation to direct, develop, and utilize the technological fluency that students bring to us and to thoroughly integrate technology into the curriculum through engagement in authentic work. We also have an obligation to create an environment in which students can develop as independent, lifelong learners. With this in mind, the overall driving forces behind implementing a 1:1 Chromebook initiative are as follows: 
  • Provide anytime learning and access to a vast collection of resources
  • Develop 21st-century skills and understanding of digital spaces
  • Reduce paper and transition to digital workflows
  • Promote careers and interest in computer science and related fields
  • Give teachers tools to remix "stand and deliver" lessons
  • Increase opportunities to differentiate instruction
  • Increase student engagement, creativity, and enrichment
Chromebooks are widely selected by schools for their cost-effectiveness, ease of use and fast response time. Using the device with fidelity takes practice and a shared understanding of its role in the classroom. By understanding a Chromebook's basic functions and operations, knowing how to troubleshoot (and having a growth mindset), teachers are better prepared to focus on creating an engaging learning experience for their students. And students are better prepared to create, collaborate and find their responsible place in their world.

Chromebook Initiative Resources

Parent Letter                                                                             Technology Use in the Chromebook Classroom                                             


Chromebook Initiative Liability Form (signed and returned)            Signature Form (signed and returned)

FAQs                                                                                         1:1 Initiative Device of Choice: ASUS 202SA


The August "Back-to-School" tech session "presentation" is here.