Technology at St. Michael School
St. Michael Catholic School is committed to providing relevant and current technology for our faculty and students. Technology is integrated into each classroom through the collaboration of teachers, specialists, and our fulltime Director of Instructional Technology.
Enhanced Learning Experience: Technology can cater to various learning styles, making education more accessible and engaging for all students. Interactive whiteboards, iPads, Chromebooks, and other devices can be used to create dynamic and interactive lessons that can better capture students' attention and facilitate understanding.
Improved Collaboration: Technology fosters collaboration among students and between students and faculty. Tools like Google for Education facilitate real-time collaboration, allowing students to work on projects together, share resources, and communicate seamlessly.
Digital Citizenship/Literacy: Kindergarten through Grade 6 engage in weekly technology skill classes which educate students on a variety of applications and functionality as well as educates students about responsible technology usage and digital citizenship. Teaching them how to navigate the digital world safely and ethically is essential in today's interconnected society.
Technology Electives: Grades 7 and 8 have the opportunity to study computer programming and/or a STEM elective.
Controlled/Safe Access to Information: StMS uses GoGuardian software to provide filters and all students a safer online environment. This technology enables students to access a wealth of information and resources instantly. They can conduct research, explore new topics, and stay updated with current events, all of which contribute to a well-rounded education.
Future Preparedness: By incorporating technology into the learning process, St. Michael School is helping students prepare for the future. As technology continues to play a prominent role in various industries, students who are tech-savvy will have an advantage.
Innovation and Discovery: Technology can be a catalyst for innovation and discovery. It allows students and faculty to explore new ways of thinking, problem-solving, and creating.
PreK- K: Each student has an iPad used for online learning apps and i-Ready.
1st - 5th: Students are provided touchscreen Chromebooks which are used in school only.
6th-8th: Students have access to touchscreen Chromebooks which they use in school and at home.
i-Ready is an online program for reading and/or mathematics that will help your student’s teacher(s) determine your student’s needs, personalize their learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows your teacher(s) to meet your student exactly where they are and provides data to increase your student’s learning gains.
The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your student’s needs. Each item a student sees is individualized based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier questions. The purpose of this is not to give your student a score or grade, but instead to determine how best to support your student’s learning.