As technology moves forward and new devices become available, St. Mary of Gostyn (SMG) school officials know it is important to also keep the school and its students moving forward, too. Director of Technology Mary Buchler recently provided some information on the use of technology and devices at the school.
Question: Tell me about the use of technology/devices within the school.
Answer: The SMG Technology program consists of 1:1 devices (Grades 6-8); mobile cart of laptops (Grades 4-5); and classroom iPads (Grades K-3). Classrooms have ceiling-mounted projectors, document cameras and interactive white boards. SMG has campus-wide Wi-Fi.
Question: Why is it important to stay up-to-date technology wise?
Answer: We are preparing students for high school, higher education and ultimately the digital world. They need to be fairly technologically proficient to be comfortable for what is expected of them. Common Core Standards utilize technology for assessments, making our program an advantage for this endeavor.
Question: How has technology impacted students’ education?
Answer: Our students use technology for research, writing, note-taking, assignment notebooks, etc. Middle school students use their devices in most classes, for home assignments and to study class notes. SMG uses Microsoft products for assignments, projects, tests, etc. This year, we will introduce Google Drive, so students can share files. Teachers also integrate technology into our Faith-based curriculum.
Question: What technology do students get most excited about?
Answer: I believe having their own device in middle school and using it in classes, and having some school books online.
Question: Who manages school technology decisions?
Answer: The Director of Technology with advice from the Technology Assistant and School Advisory Body; School Administration reviews proposals; and the Parish Administrator approves budget. We are fortunate to have a supportive parish and generous parishioners who historically have made our great technology program possible.
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