SAINTS PETER AND PAUL CATHOLIC SCHOOL
Students at Saints Peter and Paul School will use technology as an effective tool for learning on a daily basis. Computers will be available for student use throughout the day as an integral tool for learning. Students will use technology resources, including the Internet, to enrich their understanding and knowledge of topics studied within the classroom and explored throughout the world- around them.
Providing opportunities for learning and acquiring technological skills to enhance learning is imperative to the success of our technology plan. Students will learn in a cooperative and collaborative atmosphere.
The world is continually changing, and in our society today technology plays a vital role in communication, creative expression, production and research. Computers and supporting technologies have become a. necessary part of our day-to-day activities, and will become increasingly more relevant in both educational and corporate environments. Technology is an integral part of functional living for today’s students.
The mission of private education is to prepare students to function in and contribute to society. Students must have ready access to information that will allow them to discover, gather and analyze information to will help them to acquire knowledge, as well as develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. Proficiency in using technology will enable students to enhance their learning while in school and will also prepare them for active roles in the workplace, and in community and personal arenas. Educating students and teachers to maximize their use and understanding of computer and technological tools must be a vital part of our school curriculum.
The goal of the Technology Plan at SPPS is to help students and teachers recognize and utilize computers and other appropriate technological applications as tools to accomplish specific purposes. It reflects our desire to give students and teachers an avenue through which they can expand their base of knowledge, communicate, problem solve, and share knowledge and ideas among themselves and with the broader global community.
The major focus of the technology plan at SPPS is to provide a foundation of skills that will allow students and teachers to become creative users of technology now and in the future.
The plan was designed:
to encourage students and teachers to use computers to acquire basic skills
to begin accumulating a repertoire of skills and information through which they can use technology to aid in the production of written work
to further communication among students and educators
to gather, analyze and synthesize information in creative ways
to share information with other learners and educators through presentations, interactive multimedia and sharing and displaying of projects both within our school and globally through publication of student work via the Internet.
Educational Goals and Strategies
By focusing on ways of using computer technology to optimize the acquisition of computer skills and to support creative and meaningful ways of presenting student work we looked at how computers are utilized in an educational environment. The following three ways of using computer technology served as focal points for the development of Saints Peter and Paul School's Technology Plan.
Computers as Tools:
for assisting students in word processing and desktop publishing
for organizing and analyzing data
for drawing and graphic design
for facilitating learning
Computers as resources, and access to information:
for information gathering and research done with interactive encyclopedias
for communication, via the Internet, with other students, teachers and experts
for information gathering and research using Internet and library resources
Technology to Support Curriculum:
for aiding in the production of written work
for furthering communication among students and teachers
for allowing students to share information with other learners through presentations, interactive multimedia, and the sharing and displaying of projects within the school for publication of student work on the Internet
Goal 1 - Publishing
Students at our school will independently select and use an appropriate technological application for a specific purpose (skill improvement, creativity, research or productivity). Students in grades 1-4 will select and use an appropriate application for a specific topic of study. Students will use Microsoft Word to draw and/or add graphics to personal stories and/or curriculum projects. Students in kindergarten, first and second grade will be encouraged to explore the keyboard through a variety of software and activities such as typing simple sentences or adding a caption to a picture they have drawn on the computer. Second grade students will be able to select and use appropriate programs for projects and verbalize their purpose in using the program.
Third grade students will be able to create a written project, such as writing a story, by using Microsoft Word. They will be able to select and use software to meet a specific curriculum need, identify the elements of the desktop including the hard drive, menu bar, windows, files and icons. They will be able to open and use an application with minimal assistance from the teacher. Fourth grade students will be able to select and use software to meet a specific curriculum need, and know how to locate, save and retrieve their work from software files on the fileserver or disk without assistance.
Students in grades 5-8 will be proficient in all writing programs. Students will be able to create a multimedia presentation about a specific topic through Microsoft Power Point. Students in all grade levels will use word processing to support language arts instruction and to integrate writing in other subject areas. Students will use the Accelerated Reader program to increase their reading comprehension. Students in grades 8 will learn how to maintain the school/parish web page through the guidance of the Network Administrator. Students in Grade 7 will use “First in Math” or other math proficiency program to increase their math abilities. Students in Grade 8 will learn Microsoft FrontPage to develop a personal webpage.
Goal 2 - Keyboarding
Students at our school will demonstrate proficiency in using input devices (keyboard and mouse). Students in the primary grades will use various keyboarding programs to become familiar with the placement of letters on the keyboard. Students in grades 3-4 will master the home row keys and be able to pass a proficiency test of 10 wpm's on the home row keys by the end of fourth grade. Students in the intermediate grades (grades 5-6) will master the keyboard and be able to pass a proficiency test of 20 wpm’s by the end of sixth grade.
Goal 3 - File Management
Students at our school will enter text using word processing applications, make changes, save and retrieve files and print a hard copy. With minimal assistance, students will name their file, save their document to the correct file on the fileserver or disk and print a hard copy. Fourth grade students will be able to independently create a written document using their own choice of software including Microsoft Word. They will name their work appropriately, save it to the proper location and retrieve it when necessary to edit and/or revise and print a hard copy. Students in grades 4-8 will be proficient in naming, saving, and retrieving their work to and from the fileserver and/or a flash drive.
Goal 4 - Library
Students at our school will demonstrate the use of an automated card catalog to find materials by key words, title, subject and author. Instruction and evaluation will be done by the librarian. Third grade students will be able to use the card catalog with assistance to locate materials by subject, author and title. Fourth grade students will be able to use the card catalog independently to locate materials by subject, author and title. They will be able to do keyword and/or subject searches.
Goal 5 - Multimedia
Students at our school will create and incorporate graphic images using computer graphic tools, clip art and/or scanned images. Students will be encouraged to use clip art in creative ways and for a specific purpose and use scanned images in content-appropriate ways. Students in grades 1-2 will be encouraged to explore graphic tools, changing colors, making patterns and creating pictures.
Students in grades 3-4 will use graphic tools to create art for a specific purpose such as illustrating a story, making a map, a diagram or brochure, and/or creating a slide show to show a concept or convey an idea. Third grade students, with assistance from the teacher, will be able to use graphics to enhance written work in Microsoft Word. Fourth grade students will be able to create art for a specific purpose as part of curricular projects or presentations. Emphasis will be on using graphics to enhance written presentations in Microsoft Word. Students in fifth and sixth grade may explore the use of scanned images in projects and/or presentations with the addition of Microsoft PowerPoint. Students in seventh and eighth grade will become proficient in the use of Microsoft PowerPoint to design various types of presentations.
Goal 6 - Computer Knowledge
Students at our school will utilize basic computer terminology. Students in grades K-8 will be expected to progressively expand their understanding and use of basic computer terminology including the keyboard, mouse, screen/monitor, disk, CD-ROM, CPU, hard drive and printer.
Goal 7 - Internet
Students at our school will use the Internet with guidance from the network administrator and/or classroom teachers. Students in grades K-2 will be introduced to the Internet as a source of information. Students in grades 3-4 will use the Internet with guidance to access information. They will use the Internet as a tool for communication and research to access, process and communicate information. They will use the Internet to coincide with regular classroom curriculum.
Students in grades 5-8 will accept the Internet as an additional textbook and form of communication. Students will be able to communicate through e-mail accounts and intranet communication system. They will be able to perform extensive research at various libraries on the Internet and be able to cite properly all resources. Students in grades 7-8 will use the Web to publish a project.
Goal 8 - Ethics
Students at our school will follow the rules and standards established for the ethical use of technology. Students in grades K-8 will use the software/hardware available for their use appropriately, with proper care, and without damaging it. They will abide by the school rules for access and use of the Internet. They will show respect for other students’ work on the computer, and will not move, view, alter or damage another student's files.
Goal 9 – Safety & Security
Students in Grades 5-8 are trained in the iSafe.org program. Students are monitored at all times on desktop and laptop computers. They are trained to use the school computers for educational purposes. Saints Peter & Paul School has an “Acceptable Use Policy” in affect that forbids putting unlawful materials on the system, using abusive language, or the transmitting of programs or viruses designed to slow down or incapacitate the computers. Parents and students sign the “Acceptable Use Policy” and a copy is kept on file in the lab. Staff members sign the “Acceptable Use Policy” and a copy is kept on file in the Business Manager’s office (revised 7/2011).
Professional Development Strategies
Staff will receive age appropriate training on software available for their students. All staff will have the opportunity to receive 5-10 hours on-site training per year. An additional amount of time will be available for training in the resources available in school library and the availability of NWOET resources. Suggested training schedule is: August (6 hours), October (2 hours), January (2 hours), March (2 hours). These sessions could be offered when public school has early dismissal for their staff development. Library/Lab will work together to increase teachers’ awareness of all resources that are available locally and in the area. Library/Lab will work together to keep up-to-date with new resources that become available (software, videos, equipment, etc.).
Assessment of the telecommunication services, hardware, software, and other services:
1) Current telecommunications, hardware, software and other services:
a) Telecommunication Services
i) # of phone lines to building – 1
ii) # of phones available to staff – 4
iii) # of phones available to students – each classroom and main office
i) # of computers per classroom – varies
ii) # of laptops per classroom - varies
iii) # of laptops in computer lab – 24
iv) # of laptop computers in carts – 0
v) # of computers in library – 3
vi) # of Neo2's available - 60
vii) # of iPads available to students - 50
i) Microsoft Office 2007
ii) Accelerated Reader
iii) Magic School Bus Animals & Bugs
v) Type to Learn 3
vi) Jupiter Grades (online)
viii) School webpage
ix) Online resources
d) Other services
i) Interactive Whiteboards – all classrooms
ii) Projectors w/laptops – all classrooms, lab, library
iii) Scanners – 1
iv) Network printers – 5
v) Digital microscopes – 4
vi) Video cams – 1
vii) Campus security system
2) Additional telecommunication service, hardware, software, and other services that need to be added in order to meet the goals of this plan
a) None at this time
The school library is online so students/staff can access the availability of books/media from home. Students/staff can access all libraries through connection with NOACSC. Ease and availability of research has been made available through OPLIN and InfoOhio. Students/staff have been instructed on how to use these resources at school and at home.
There is an annual amount placed in the Technology Fund Budget for the purchase of additional equipment and training of staff. The Network Administrator is responsible for all purchases and keeping an itemized account of expenditures. Student oriented hardware and software is able to be purchased with auxiliary services funding.
State Funding (NOACSC)
School Operating Technology Budget
Evaluation of Student Achievement
Student achievement in technology is evaluated by performance on skills tests and through the completion of academic projects related to grade level curriculums. Progress is reported to parents through the student's classroom teacher. Grades 3-4 will be tested as to how many wpm's they can achieve. Grades for computer literacy in 5-6 are to be part of each student's academic grade assigned by their classroom teacher with input from the network administrator. Students in grades 7-8 will acquire a participation and proficiency grade assigned by their classroom teacher with input from the network administrator.