Technology enhances all aspect of the curriculum at all grade levels
We all know that today's young people are the most technologically advanced generation to date. Our goal at Bishop Flaget is to use that love of technology to enhance the learning process so that the students can investigate the ways that technology can enhance our lives rather than inhibit them. We have ipads available at all grade levels for learning and are 1:1 in grades 5-8. All classrooms are equipped with SmartBoards, and we have a fully functional computer lab. In addition, students are able to learn through the use of Sphero robots and Mindstorm robots within the classroom in addition to the other technology at their disposal.
In addition to learning, Bishop Flaget strives to be at the forefront of creating an environment which embraces learning and helps students to achieve their best. This past year, we piloted a program using exercise balls as seats. We found that student attention and time on task was greatly increased. However, we did experience some issues with the longevity of the "seats." We are looking for new styles to add to our classrooms for the upcoming school year. Stay tuned.
Left: Kindergarten students work on Accelerated Reader and other apps on their classroom iPads as part of center work. SmartBoards can be found in all grade level classrooms. Below: Video of the first major project with the Sphero Robot.