TechnologySt. 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, eBooks, 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 and Kindergarten, where interactive whiteboards give students hands-on practice with technology. It continues in Lower School, as students attend weekly technology classes. Starting in 3rd grade, students are introduced to Chrome Books with one-to-one devices for every student. In Middle School, technology and robotics classes prepare our students 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 Media Center. 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 in each classroom complement classroom activities.
- Weekly science and engineering classes (Project Lead the Way Launch) introduces STEM concepts to students.
- Students attend weekly technology classes in the Media Center.
- All classrooms have a SMART Board interactive whiteboards which enhance lessons and give students hands-on practice.
- Online textbooks complement printed books 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 Chrome Book laptops which facilitate individual learning skills. Starting in grade 3, each student has a device assigned to them.
- One-to-One Chromebook program using the Google for Education platform including Google Classroom.
- Every 6th grade student receives STEM Instruction (Project Lead the Way), twice per week.
- 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 a Smart Board.
- Teachers collaborate to plan integrated, cross-curricular, technology-based projects.
- With the Chrome Books, 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.
- Grades 6-8 may elect to take Design and Modeling, Robotics, and Video Production classes.