At School of the Incarnation, we recognize that the use of technology in the 21st century is integral to preparing students for college and career success. Our technology courses 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. The technology program at School of the Incarnation insures that our graduates are technically proficient and well-prepared for high school and beyond. Components of our technology program include:
The hallmark of our middle school technology program is our 1-to-1 iPad program in which every student in Grades 6-8 is issued a school-owned iPad which they use in class and at home. Students use these iPads in their classes as a research tool, for notetaking, to make flashcards, participate in class discussions, manage their agenda, create presentations, and many other exciting uses. In addition to the 1:1 middle school program, grades K through 5 each have an iPad learning station equipped with iPads for classroom use.
In addition to the core technology integrated curriculum, 3D printing has been added as an activity to enhance instruction in grades 3 through 8. This technology has cross-curricular integration, but is also paired with the STEAMtrax component of our science curriculum.
All students in grades kindergarten through 8 participate in a weekly technology class in our technology lab taught by certified technology educators. In these classes, the content is tied to the curriculum at each grade level, while the skills are tied to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards. Students are taught coding in grades 1 through 8, 3D print design starting in grades 3 through 8 and HTML coding in 8th grade. Students work at PCs and are instructed to use Microsoft programs including Word, Excel, Publisher, and Power Point. Middle school students are taught basic video and animation creation.
All classrooms have interactive technology that allows students to become more involved in lessons. Classroom technologies include interactive white boards, portable laptop carts, hand-held student response devices, projectors, document cameras, tablet learning centers (Android and iPad), digital media resources, and wireless access. Teachers can utilize such devices to quickly assess student progress and to reinforce or challenge students based on individual needs. Mobile laptop labs can be used for document creation, classroom presentations, internet access, and digital media lessons.
The use of Sphero robots is incorporated in our curriculum for grades kindergarten through 8. Two robotics teams meet after school to research real-world problems and develop solutions using technology. They participate in First Lego League challenges and competitions. Destination Imagination and Rising Stars teams work at creative problem-solving for students at a variety of grade levels.
All grade levels at School of the Incarnation participate in STEM Days and STEM activities through our STEAMtrax curriculum. Our students are able to answer complex questions, investigate global issues, and develop solutions for challenges and real-world problems while applying the rigor of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content. Through a partnership with ClearEdge IT solutions, School of the Incarnation girls participate in an annual Women in Technology event, designed to encourage young women to explore STEM careers.
School of the Incarnation students will have access to this same technology and a curriculum that allows our students to become more ready every day for future discoveries and advances we have yet envisioned.