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:
1:1 Device Program
The hallmark of our technology program is our 1-to-1 Chromebook program in which every student in Grades 6-8 is issued a school-owned Chromebook which they use in class and at home. In addition to the 1:1 middle school program, grades PreK through 5 each have an iPad to use in class and at home. Students use these devices 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 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.
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 Chromebook carts, hand-held student response devices, projectors, document cameras, tablet learning centers (Kindle 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. Our mobile Chromebook cart 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. Multiple 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.
STEM / Makerspace
Our newest technology addition at School of the Incarnation is our Makerspace where students have the opportunity to participate in STEM activities. All teachers are able to reserve this space for their classes. Included in our Makerspace are five 3D printers, a Lego wall, a green screen, 30 iPads, 32 Chromebooks, and a Virtual Reality station. All grade levels at School of the Incarnation participate in STEM Days and STEM activities. 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.
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.