The educational climate is constantly evolving and educators have the primary responsibility to continually meet the needs of their students. The latest technology is available every day for students at Sacred Heart Cathedral School through our comprehensive technology strategic plan.
What are Google Chromebooks? They are cloud-based laptop computers that run the Google Chrome operating system and Google Apps for Education (GAFE). Sacred Heart became an official GAFE school earlier this year as teachers learned to implement tools allowing students to communicate, collaborate and research using products such as Gmail, Google Drive, Docs, My Maps, Sheets and Google Classroom, a learning management system that allows for virtual teacher and student interaction.
What are the benefits of using educational technology? The driving question is: How can educational technology be better than the traditional approach? Google certified teacher, Mrs. Nicole Erwin, explained, “When students are more engaged, when they can collaborate easily with peers, when they can get immediate feedback on their work, have their individual academic needs met and they can express learning in new ways, then we can say that we are getting the most out of the technology experience.”
Sacred Heart’s continued growth in educational technology has a wonderful development directly connected to the professionalism and dedication of the school’s teachers and to the strong support of the Sacred Heart Cathedral School community. The launch of the 1:1 Google Chromebook program is an important step.
Latest Developments in 2017: In fall 2017, SHCS added a 3-D printer, the da Vinci Junior (shown above) to its growing arsenal of unique technological opportunities for students. In addition, the school started a competitive robotics team. Students design and build their own robots that compete in local and state competitions.