Technology

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Technology Update

New Laws governing Computer Science Education in NJ are coming into effect and Saint Ann Is Ready.

The following was taken from a presentation by Daryl Detrick, CSTA Advocacy Committee President:

  • “On Governor Christie’s last day in office, he signed a bill into law that requires all high schools in NJ to offer Computer Science classes by 2018-19.   This makes NJ the 5th state to have such a requirement. (TX, AK, VA, WV)”
  • “Governor Murphy’s budget proposal announced that there will be $2 million in grants in the budget for Computer Science programs.”  
  • “Report of the Education, Access, and Opportunity Transition Advisory Committee Recommendation: Develop a high-quality STEM curriculum for all students s —As New Jersey seeks to recapture its role in the Innovation Economy, connecting public education to modern technological change is essential. ”

Saint Ann Is Ready

  • Computer Science is now taught K to 8 using the Code.org Computer Science Curriculum.  Taken from the Code.org site “Our curriculum aligns to the newly revised 2017 CSTA standards and is available at no cost for anyone, anywhere to teach. For more information about our goals and approach to our courses, please see our curriculum values and our professional learning values.”
  • All students in grades 3 to 4 now have daily access to their own tablet in class.
  • K to 2 shares 2 to 1 Tablet on Carts

In addition to regular classroom work and projects, These tablets are currently being used to access

  • Raz Kids, Raz Kids Science
  • Learning A-Z
  • Library Databases
  • Makers Empire  3D Program
  • Microsoft LOGO Programming,
  • SPRK Lightning Lab
  • Code.org

Any questions, interests or concerns please contact Kim Smith ksmith@st-ann-school.org

Saint Ann School 1:1 Program for Grades 3 through 8th

St. Ann’s school moved forward with providing each student in Grades 6 through 8th a CTL J5x Touchscreen Flip Chromebook and hardshell case for the 2017-2018 school year, These devices will be used daily at home and at school to ensure each student has a consistent educational tool at all times.

Students 5 are given a Lenovo NL21 or NL 22 Chromebook and will be expected to use this tool at home and in school also. This is projected for after the Christmas break but could be as soon as Thanksgiving.

Students in Grades 3 and 4 will use Intel Classmate convertible PCs in school on carts there is a device for each student so there will be no need to share. We are currently evaluating the possibility of sending these devices home as a pilot sometime in the spring.

This 1:1 program is a joint effort among the faculty, PTA, Tech Committee, and School Board to move our students forward with technology to enhance their learning experience. Getting these devices into the student’s hands will enable the teachers to further integrate technology into the curriculum. The device will be for each child to use in and out of school every day during the school year, with the requirement that every child care for the device and bring their to school fully charged each day for classroom use. Insurance coverage options for accidental damage or theft will be provided at a group discounted cost for each device.

The goal of this initiative is to begin preparing our children for the use of technology, online instruction and collaboration, and e-learning. In order to move to an “e-centric” curriculum, the school technology infrastructure required major enhancements and investment. Further enhancements are still needed. To facilitate these needed changes, and provide financial support for existing and recently purchased technological advances, may offer fundraisers to continue meeting this goal.  Please consider supporting those fundraisers as your budget allows.

SaintAnnSchool2015-2016TabletAcceptableUsePolicyCIPPA-COPPACompliance Document

 Other Technology Information

Saint Ann Technology Initiative Presentation

*If any parent group needs access may request a password by sending an email request to helpdesk@st-ann-school.org

Policies…

2014 Computer and Telecommunications Acceptable Use Policy

Questions… MORE INFO

More Questions? Please send a note to your child’s teacher first and they will use the helpdesk email for questions and Trouble Tickets about hardware, software or user issues.