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Technology

St. Mark’s recognizes that technology is a crucial part of our students’ lives today and their careers tomorrow. We have developed a 21st Century way of thinking and learning that integrates technology into the curriculum.

Our educators see technology as a way to encourage exploration, improve retention of knowledge and understand technological applications. Technology is applied to learning not just math and science, but language arts, social studies and other subjects.

Technology education at St. Mark’s is more than making students computer savvy. Our goals are to develop and apply children’s abilities in creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking.

At appropriate grades, we equip our students with a variety of devices including iPads, iBooks, iMacs, Chromebooks, and Windows-based engineering programs which make students adept across multiple platforms and operating system.  They are also given access to a wealth of information through online subscriptions such as Accelerated Reader, IXL, BrainPop, and Quizlet to complement their learning and help them become independent learners.

The education begins in pre-kindergarten, where interactive whiteboards give students hands-on practice with technology. It continues in PK4, as students attend weekly technology classes in the Lower School Mac Lab. In the Lower School, the computer teacher joins classes to plan integrated, cross-curricular, technology-based projects. In Middle School, students enroll in our one-to-one Chromebook program plus technology and robotics classes that prepares them for high school and 21st Century careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Pre-K to Kindergarten

  • Beginning in PK4, students attend weekly technology classes in the Lower School Mac Lab. Skills reinforce concepts learned in the classroom while familiarizing students with fundamental computer processes.
  • All  PK3, PK4, and K classrooms have an interactive whiteboard; these interactive whiteboards enhance lessons and give students hands-on practice.
  • Computer centers  with iPads complement classroom activities.

Grades 1-5

  • Weekly science and engineering classes (Project Lead the Way Launch) introduces computer programming and design
  • Students attend weekly technology classes in the Lower School Mac Lab
  • All classrooms have a SMART Board interactive whiteboards which enhance lessons and give students hands-on practice
  • Online textbooks complement the print to facilitate homework and independent learning
  • Keyboarding, word-processing, and presentation software are introduced starting in grade 1
  • Classroom teachers collaborate to plan integrated, cross-curricular, technology-based projects
  • Classrooms are equipped with Chromebook laptops which facilitate individual learning skills.

Grades 6-8

  • One-to-One Chromebook program using the Google for Education platform including Google Classroom
  • Integrated into daily lessons are applications such as  word processing, presentation software, spreadsheets, audio-, image- and video-editing, HTML coding, and engineering design using Autodesk
  • Use of online textbooks prepares students for high-school and solidifies online reading skills
  • All classrooms have an interactive whiteboard
  • Teachers collaborate to plan integrated, cross-curricular, technology-based projects
  • With the Chromebooks, students think creatively and critically, build problem-solving skills, collaborate with others, evaluate and synthesize information, and build on foundational knowledge with innovative projects and activities.