In the Fall of 2012, our entire technology hardware and software has been updated in the entire school. In addition to adding smartboards in the classrooms, each teacher has a laptop, we have an updated operating system, and the diocese has put into place a school-wide management system in which parents will be able to monitor their students grades and homework daily. Teachers will be able to provide lesson plans, homework information, discipline information, and attendance all on-line directly to the principal.
Saint Patrick School offers smartboards in our classrooms plus a trained teacher to instruct others. Each classroom has at least one computer along with our dedicated computer lab. Our goal is to strengthen the skills students need to access, interpret, and synthesize information. Technology is used as a tool for learning and developing critical thinking skills across the content area. This is accomplished through teaching computer literacy, writing and desktop publishing, information management, and information retrieval.
The Department for Catholic Schools views technology as a way to foster communication, analysis, research and understanding – to help students manifest the four components of the ministry of education: message, community, worship, and service in their daily lives. Always, the teacher in a Catholic school must permeate content and process with Christian values. The sacredness of all life, the establishment of peace in the world, the never-ending work for justice and the responsibility to be co-creators in the continuing progress of humanity are the primary goals of technology education in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
In a Catholic school, all goals are accomplished in the context of the Catholic philosophy of education. Here technology is recognized as the Wisdom of God in creation and must be directed to the benefit of humankind for the fulfillment of God’s plan for the world.
Computer Curriculum Overview The current computer curriculum is built around a scope and sequence of 500 learning objectives in ten key technology areas that meet or exceed Pennsylvania and International Society for Technology (ISTE) NETS standards. By design, each lesson builds upon the technology skills, the learning objectives, and the content knowledge taught in preceding lessons. When the curriculum is implemented sequentially, the students have opportunities to practice, and over time, to achieve mastery of the skills in all ten technology areas.
- Operating Environments
- Applied Technology
- Desktop Publishing
- Word Processing