Technology is part of every student’s daily learning. Technology and the software utilized are geared to each age group. As students advance, technology becomes increasingly integrated into other disciplines, including Language Arts, Math, Science, Foreign Studies, Art, and Music. Students simultaneously build computer literacy and subject knowledge. Each classroom is equipped with wireless access, iPads for every student, printers, and multimedia visual devices.
Beginning in PreK3 and PreK4, students are exposed to technology as teachers lead group instruction with curriculum-based animations, interactive activities, games, and digital literature. This develops further in Kindergarten when students begin working independently on school iPads.
Throughout 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades, the Technology curriculum focuses on the development of typing and computer processing skills. Students also begin using technology creatively by developing audio and visual projects that dovetail with the classroom curriculum. Internet use increases as students access assigned web pages, conduct online research, and virtually connect with classrooms around the world.
Beginning in 3rd grade, students are introduced to engineering and design. Students learn different concepts of electrical, industrial, and computer science. The engineering curriculum includes regular coding lessons. Students in 3rd through 5th grades also have the use of two 3D printers to turn their concepts into reality.
In 4th grade, families purchase iPads for their students through St. Philip’s, providing students with a tool to become independent learners. This transition from school-owned to personal devices marks a change in the technology curriculum. The focus shifts to email, cloud computing, document storage retrieval, and Web-based research skills. Students also create digital stories, podcasts, and blogs based on classroom curriculum. All internet use takes place in a closed environment, with access to student work kept within the St. Philip’s domain.
While technology integration is important at St. Philip’s, internet safety is our top priority. An acceptable use policy outlines our rules and guidelines for using technology on campus. The policy is read and signed by all Saint Philip’s students, parents, teachers, administrators, and faculty. All online activity runs through our campus server, which has protocols and firewalls designed to maintain privacy and minimize inappropriate content.
In addition to conversations about cyberbullying and appropriate online behavior, students and teachers regularly review the Responsible Use Policy. The St. Philip’s Technology Responsible Use Policy can be found in the Student Handbook. Students and their families are required to commit to the Responsible Use Policy prior to receiving a school-owned or school-managed iPad.