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.


During our School closure, these resources will be used to engage, advance, and provide our students with virtual, distance learning opportunities. Resources used by each grade level are posted to their pages through Virtual-Distance Learning.

For technical support, please contact Stephanie Moore (smoore@stekcschool.org).




"Free" Online Typing/Keyboarding Skills: Typing Club

A "Hotlist" of STEAM activities and resources - Providing additional resources and activities for "Coding" for high, medium, low, and no tech

44 challenges specifically for children. Ideal for home or in the classroom, they encourage inquisitive young minds to get excited about science, math, and engineering.
     Click here for the pdf of 44 challenges.

     Subject-based, Art and Music, Active Activities, and Just about everything else...

Installing Zoom:

Access your Zoom class meetings with the appropriate extension or app. The Meeting ID or Join this meeting URL for class sessions will be or already has been sent by your classroom teacher. No, you do not need a Zoom account and if you have created an account, you do not need to login to zoom.us. Just install the extension or app and open it when you are ready to join a class meeting.

Chromebook
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/zoom/hmbjbjdpkobdjplfobhljndfdfdipjhg?hl=en

iOS (iPhone, iPAD)
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/zoom-cloud-meetings/id546505307

Windows or MAC
https://zoom.us/download#client_4meeting

Android
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.zoom.videomeetings


Lightspeed Filter: As you navigate to lessons, activities, or teacher web resources you may encounter our filter block (no access). Please email smoore@stekcschool.org with the actual website URL you are attempting to access and the reason for requested access.


For School devices loaned during our closure:

A school device and power charger are being lent to the family and are in good working order. It is family's responsibility to care for the equipment and insure that it is retained in a safe, climate controlled environment.

This equipment is, and at all time remains, the property of St. Elizabeth Catholic School, and is herewith lent to families for educational purposes until our return to school or the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. 

Please follow these expected guidelines:

-Protect the device from damage, defacement, and do not leave it unattended. Avoid extreme hot or cold temperatures.

-Avoid food or liquid around the device. Wash your hands after eating before using the device.

-Report any damage or loss, either to the device or power charger, immediately to the school.The family/student is responsible for repair or recovery costs, as applicable (deemed "intentional").

-Use of the school issued device is for educational purposes only with the use of only educational apps or extensions approved by St. Elizabeth Catholic School.

-The St. Elizabeth Catholic School network is provided for the academic use of all students and staff. The student/family agrees to take no action that would interfere with the efficient, academic use of the network.

-All School devices must be in an open and supervised location. The family/student is responsible for any inappropriate content viewed on the device and any damage that may occur. 

-All School devices must be collected, plugged in for charging, and/or stored at the end of “a school day.” 

-Appropriate and responsible use of the device is expected. Practice responsible digital citizenship at all times.

-Keep regular updates to Chrome OS and any apps or extensions.

-The equipment will be returned to the school when requested by St. Elizabeth Catholic School.

-Understand and agree to the Saint Elizabeth School Acceptable Use Policy (bit.ly/STE-AUP).


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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.

The Saint Elizabeth campus is wireless supported with many access points to insure connectivity - whenever and wherever. 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, Ozobots, Code-a-Pillar, and wireless printers. The school engages with online, interactive textbooks in Math, Science, and Social Studies, 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.

Lightspeed Systems is our filtering tool of choice. Lightspeed provides round-the-clock web filtering, device management, reporting, and student safety. Student Chromebooks, i-Pads. Student accounts are profiled under a separate organizational unit than that of faculty, staff, and guests. At Saint Elizabeth School, we provide three (3) levels of security for our students...Google Safe Search, Google Policy Organization in the School's G-Suite account, and settings in Lightspeed. The filter applies to access at school and at home on school assigned devices.

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 K-2 students engage with both iPad and Chromebooks to learn different tools to research and produce. Chromebook carts are used in Grades 3-6 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, productivity, 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                                             

Student and Family Pledge for Empowered Use                                          Saint Elizabeth Acceptable Use Policy

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

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


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

Our Back-to-School “Out-of-the-Box” Sessions are designed to distribute the device, collect the signed forms and fees (see above), then educate and inform to all the expectations and resources for student use of the school Chromebook. A schedule is posted and sent to families for end-of-summer planning.


Any questions, please contact Stephanie Moore at smoore@stekcschool.org.