Technology Philosophy for the Diocese of Madison
Technology facilitates the expansion of educational opportunity for teachers, administrators and students in our Catholic School. The mission of information technology is to educate our students to access and ethically utilize information resources. Instruction in the use of computers will provide students with skills and practice time to help them make the best use of technology as a tool for the increased learning and productivity. Use of technology will be inclusive of all students and integrated into all curricular areas. Technology should be used as a vehicle of analysis, research, creativity and communication in the light of the values and teachings of the Catholic Church.
IT Learning Standards
Creativity and Innovation: Students will demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge and develop innovative products and processes.
Communication and Collaboration: Students use digital media and environments to communicate the work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
Research and Information Fluency: Students apply digital tools to gather evaluate and use information.
Critical Thinking, Problem-Solving and Decision Making: Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, mange projects, solve problems and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.
Digital Citizenship: Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.
Technology Operations and Concepts: Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.
School wide technology
Technology Committee: Daniella Binzak, Robert Maynord, Callie Meiller
For years IHM has been ahead of the curve in technology learning. The possibilities for continued growth in this area are challenging, but promising. Our commitment to fundamental growth in learning technology, along with unfettered thinking about future tools and methods of instruction, allows for the kind of progress we have made.
Internet: Wireless internet is available throughout the school. This allows students and staff to be mobile in their use of devices.
Smart Boards: All classrooms have internet capable interactive whiteboards that are used for classroom management, interactive lessons, viewing video and movies. Morning announcements are recorded and shared via the Smart Boards.
New and Old Initiatives
Classroom Content Management System: Students and teachers are undertaking the new platform of Drupal for blogging and sharing ideas, both within the school and with other classrooms and educational settings.
QR codes: Quick response codes, often used in magazines and advertising are being implemented for quick access to our various technology tools from cell phones and various mobile devices.
Electronic Eagle Express: Beginning in 2009, IHM has gradually begun corresponding from the office to families with an electronic version of the Eagle Express to decrease the amount of paper used, to tailor the newsletter to individual grade level and to improve the timeliness of communication.
Sign Up Genius: We now use this online tool to schedule volunteers for Home and School Association events as well as parent teacher conferences.
Facebook: IHM school uses Facebook to keep our community involved in the exciting daily events and to share photos.
IHM website: In 2014 our new website was created to reflect the communication needs of the school and parish community as well as our faith experience. Our website is a marketing tool as well for those looking at the school for their children.
Survey Monkey: Twice a year, at conferences, parents are asked to complete a short survey about the school to provide anonymous feedback regarding issues ranging from communication to lunch service. Computers are set up in the hallways to complete the survey as well as the option to complete the survey from home with a link provided.
Online Learning: Online learning tools include Cicero, and the locally hosted Moodle learning environment. Teachers continue to expand the use of Moddle for the presentation of lessons, as well as assignment and grade book management.
Netbooks: With expanded memory and open source tools, the netbooks allow students to expand beyond the normal tablet wi-fi devices for greater access to full productivity tools including graphics manipulation, programming, audio and video editors and online learning systems.
Programming: Students are introduced t computer programming languages through the use of Scratch, the programming language developed at MIT. Students are creating computer interactive games using acquired skills.
Students at this level use a tablet computer running Android in a touch based portable device that runs down-loadable apps useful for various classroom instruction needs.