Technology is an integral part of instruction at Guardian Angels. Eight of our classrooms are equipped with interactive Mimeo smartboard projectors. We also have 2 iPad carts available for teachers to utilize with their students. All classrooms are equipped with student computers as well as document cameras and projectors. In the summer of 2016, thanks to the support of our Guardian Angels’ Parents (GAP), we have improved the WiFi accessibility throughout the building.
Our computer lab has space for thirty students. We are currently using Dell computers running the Windows 10 operating system and using the Microsoft Office suite of products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher.)
According to the Michigan Department of Education, “A goal of No Child Left Behind is that schools will assist every student in crossing the digital divide by ensuring that every student is technologically literate by the time the student finishes eighth grade, regardless of the student’s race, ethnicity, gender, family income, geographic location, or disability.” The Michigan Department of Education defines technology literacy as “…the ability to responsibly use appropriate technology to communicate, solve problems, and access, manage, integrate, evaluate, and create information to improve learning in all subject areas and to acquire lifelong knowledge and skills in the 21st century.”
Technological literacy grows with proper use of equipment and applications by the student, through guided and creative activities planned by the teacher. Early lessons and activities are built upon later in the curriculum to enable students to more fully utilize the capabilities of these tools. They also allow us to access information related to our faith and mission, as well as a means of creatively demonstrating and expressing our faith.
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