The St. Leander School Technology Program is based on integrating computer skills into everyday curriculum and into our students’ lives. The technology coordinator works closely with each homeroom teacher to coordinate lessons and projects based on subject classroom learning. This includes inviting students to research specific subjects and then presents their work in a variety of ways such as brochures, PowerPoint presentations, and multimedia presentations.
St. Leander School’s computer lab is equipped with 20” Apple iMac computers and 13” MacBooks. The school has wireless Internet access and is network connected.
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students attend computer skills classes weekly. Their class work is incorporated into their lessons in the lab using online software such as abcya.com, starfall.com, and Internet research. In addition, the school is equipped with twenty-nine iPads.
Students in the First through Eighth Grades are trained on software such as Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, Microsoft Excel, Apple Numbers, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Apple Keynote. Responsible use and navigation of the Internet is emphasized throughout the curriculum. In addition, students in Fifth through Eighth Grades work with Apple IMovie, which affords them an additional media to develop creativity with subject matter.
We are a “Google Apps for Education” school, and students in Fourth through Eighth Grades regularly use apps to create, collaborate, and present digital material. Starting in Fourth Grade, students are added to our private domain (@stleandercatholicschool.org) giving them access to their own email account, calendar, address book, online storage drive (Google drive), and Productive Apps (Google Docs, Spreadsheets, presentations, etc.). Teachers are able to assign, collect, and grade assignments online, saving time, paper and other consumable resources as well as teaching students digital organizational skills.
All classrooms are equipped with flat screen TVs to enhance the classroom learning experience across all subject areas. Teachers connect their laptops to the flat screen TVs, creating a multimedia approach to learning. St. Leander School students and teachers enjoy the benefit of online resources for research and learning, including Khan Academy, Catholic Telemedia Network, and Mathletics. The use of the school’s educational network is a privilege, not a right, and the school holds high standards for responsible use of technology for all members of our community.
All teachers have access to the Computer Lab on a regular basis during non-scheduled class time, and the lab is available three days a week until 4:00 PM for afterschool use. This schedule provides additional time and support for students to work on projects and/or homework.
Our goal is for our students to be responsible, technologically literate thinkers and creators who effectively utilize digital literacy skills in their education and lives.