All students receive direct instruction in computer fundamentals and computer science from a dedicated technology teacher. Technology classes at St. Mary's follow the Archdiocese of Omaha's Technology Curriculum adopted August 2011. Kindergarten through 2nd grades focus mainly on computer basics, navigating websites, and Internet safety. In grades 3rd-5th, Google Docs fundamentals are the primary focus as students learn word processing applications, digital netiquette, and how to be a good cyber citizen. The middle school classes are a longer block of time, providing the students the opportunity to explore the computer sciences: game and computer programming, the engineer design process, and some electronics and robotics. Middle school students continue learning about digital citizenship as they increase their global awareness through online contributions. We use a variety of Internet based programs at all grade levels as we explore the world around us and create projects for a variety of audiences.
Through the generosity and hard work of our school parents and the Home & School Association, our teachers and students have the use of SmartBoards, MimioTeach IWBs, a mobile laptop cart, projectors in every classroom, and a subscription to Discovery Education Streaming.
Technology Program Mission Statement: Our purpose is to develop innovative learners in a dynamic digital world.
Technology Program Standards:
Digital Citizenship - practice Catholic teachings when using technology
Operations and Concepts - utilize hardware, software, and peripherals
Communication and Collaboration - work with others to process information and ideas
Creativity and Innovation - employ original ideas to develop new products
Information Management - collect and evaluate information from a variety of sources
Critical Thinking - develop problem-solving strategies to make informed decisions