Technology courses are essential to every Catholic school curriculum. In fact, technology is required to be integrated throughout each course of study from Mathematics to Religion. The use of technology in the 21st century is integral to preparing students for college and career success. Technology courses in Catholic schools cover a variety of lessons including Research and Information Fluency, Digital Citizenship, Creativity and Innovation, Communication and Collaboration. All of these units are taught and influenced by the lens of Catholic identity and the dignity of all humankind.
We provide our children with hands-on learning in the Computer Lab/STEM room starting at grade Kindergarten. Kindergarten through 3rd grade have 1:1 iPads and 4th grade through 8th grade have 1:1 Chromebooks. Each grade focuses on specific topics, typically involving digital discipleship, Google, typing, and coding. We are 100% Google certified which means every child has their own Google account, with access to Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Google Classroom, and more! St. John School students will have access to this technology and a curriculum that allows our students to become more ready every day for future discoveries and advances we have yet envisioned.
Introduction to iPads and apps, internet safety, basic computer use, parts of the computer, keyboarding, basic coding, and using the lab to reinforce basic lessons learned in classroom.
2nd Grade-3rd Grade
Introduction to Google, signing into school accounts, iPads and apps, internet safety, keyboarding, and Kodable coding. Miss Coakley, our Computer instructor progresses as the children do, and moves to more advanced teaching throughout the year.
4th Grade-5th Grade
The many features Google has to offer. Beginning with Google Docs, students learn basic formatting and internet safety through research projects. Students will then move into Google Slides and how to give presentations. Google Sheets teaches students the importance of creating spreadsheets and interpreting data. Students will also learn internet safety, keyboarding, and coding.
6th Grade-7th Grade
More in depth research projects using Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Sheets throughout the year. How to be digital disciples online and strategies to navigate the Internet safely, responsibly, and efficiently. Students will also learn keyboarding, coding, photography, and video editing.
Students have the opportunity to be a part of the Eagle’s Eye, the St. John School daily news/morning announcements show. Through the Eagle’s Eye, students experience interviewing, reporting, video editing, public speaking, and creative writing. 8th graders broadcast the announcements each morning for the entire school out of the Computer lab, through the use of a green screen. In addition, students learn digital discipleship, navigating the Internet, keyboarding, and coding.