Technology is an integral part of instruction at Guardian Angels. Our classrooms are equipped with smartboards, projectors, document cameras, and/or Chromecast enabled smart TVs. We have 2 iPad carts with 40 devices available for teachers to use with their students. Classes from 5th through 8th grade are 1:1 with touchscreen Chromebooks, and we have a cart of additional 20 Chromebooks that teachers K to 4th grade can check out. Thanks to the support of our Guardian Angels’ Parents (GAP), we have improved the WiFi connections throughout the building to make technology even more accessible during the school day.
Our computer lab has space for thirty students. We are currently using Dell computers running the Windows 10 operating system and equipped with the Microsoft Office suite of products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher). Students 2nd through 8th grade have their own Google for Education accounts and learn to use Google for Education apps during computer class.
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According to the Enhancing Education Through Technology Act, the primary goal is to improve student academic achievement through the use of technology, as well as to “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.
For more information about how technology is used and taught at GA, please visit our media website at gaschoolmedia.weebly.com/computer-lab.html