Technology Enhanced Curriculum

Technology Enhanced Curriculum

Technology at St. Barnabas

We recognize the important role of technology in the classroom.  St. Barnabas promotes the concept of a Technology Enhanced Curriculum.  We want our students to not only understand how to use technology, but when to use it.  Technology is a powerful tool that promotes progress and learning and will be an important skill for higher education and future careers.   Our school remains focused on using technology is this important context. 
 
St. Barnabas utilizes numerous technologies throughout the school.  Some examples include:
  •  Chromebooks - Every student in 8th grade down to 3rd grade is issued their own personal Chromebook.  Students in 2nd to Kindergarten have periodic access to Chromebooks via a classroom cart.  Students and teachers leverage tools in the Google for Education Suite to enhance classroom projects.
  • Smart Boards - Classrooms are equiped with interactive touch screens to enhance student engagement and learning.
  • 3D Printers - Students have access to 3D printers to create custom parts and encourage knowledge of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).
  • Programming - Students write and execute code to program their computer to perform tasks.  Older grades use the CodeHS programmign suite.
  • Document Cameras - Classrooms utilize document cameras to project science experiments, review written assignments, and look at things that may otherwise be too small for everyone to see at once.
  • Network Infrastructure - In 2017, the school network was upgraded with access points in every classroom to ensure students have high speed access to the internet.
  • Maker Space - A new maker space is being developed starting in the 2017-2018 school year.  This space will allow students to work on a variety of projects.  They can build 3D parts, film and produce vidoes, put programming into practice, and much more using dedicated areas to whiteboard concepts and put ideas into practice.
  • 10 touch-point Viewsonic Interactive Boards - These new boards are being piloted this school year in our PK, 1st grade and Physical Education classrooms. Learn more on this new and exciting technology.
 
 

Emerging Technology

Emerging Technology
Beyond what is available today, the school technology committee continues to monitor emerging technologies. This ensures that St. Barnabas students remain competitive and best prepared for their future.

One example on our radar is Virtual Reality.  Virtual Reality is a cutting edge technology that may change the way students learn. Virtual field trips allow students to travel around the world, visit historic sites, crawl inside systems or cells of the human body to understand how they work, or dive far out into space to visualize the wonders of our solar system. Our technology committee is assessing the readiness for the classroom. Some creative funding ideas are being explored to try to pull this future technology forward into the present.
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