At ICS, we strive to take all opportunities to integrate technology into our academic curriculum and standards. Our content-driven applications provide services to our students, our faculty, and our parents / guardians at home.
K-5 students attend technology class and middle school students attend robotics class to learn how to use technology for real world applications and problem solving.
- Computer Programming with Scratch, Alice and MIT App Inventor
- Middle School Robotics featuring Lego Mindstorm NXT and EV3 using the LabVIEW™ programming environment
- Frames Animation Software
- Pixie Creativity Tools
- Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher
- Toolfactory Podcasting
- Kidspiration and Inspiration
- Windows Movie Maker
- Document cameras and Flip cameras
Topics addressed in the lab include real-world solutions using technology, a sense of ethics and values regarding safe-usage of the Internet, and adherence to an Acceptable Use Policy.
- Internet safety, netiquette and responsible use of technology
- Computer programming and robotics
- Storyboarding and animation
- Global communications including blogs, video communications and collaborative projects with students around the world
- Online research, web quests and searching techniques
- Spreadsheet data management and graphing
- Slide creation including animation, graphics, audio and oral multi-media presentations
- Technology terminology and understanding of basic network structure
- Yearbook production in the middle school
- TV Studio for student produced morning announcements, recorded presentations and movie creation
- Flip cameras and document cameras used for multimedia student productions
Laptop and Tablet Program
- Our tablet initiative pilot includes 30 Apple iPads with cases, an Apple TV to project the iPad image onto the wall and a mobile cart to house and charge the devices. iPads are managed by a Network Mobile Device Manager. This will provide protection and network resources needed for students to appropriately and efficiently use these devices, including the protection of our content filter that is currently in place for all of our student computers.
- ICS has 3 laptop carts available for faculty and student use to enhance classroom curriculum.
Each faculty member has a laptop computer with wireless Internet and network access. Ceiling mounted wireless projectors and SMART Boards with SMART Response handheld pods are available in all classrooms so faculty members may provide visual learning and interactive opportunities in any class.
Faculty members are responsible for maintaining an e-Chalk web-site on which homework, announcements and handouts are posted in a timely manner, eliminating the problem of “forgetting assignment books” or losing papers. Behind the scenes applications are used extensively by faculty members to enhance the thoroughness of our curriculum.
- Curriculum mapping software ensures that lesson plans meet all requirements of the Archdiocese, as well as minimizing overlap of subject material from one grade level to another.
- Electronic grading and attendance provide parents/guardians with instant access assistance when necessary.
- Faculty use a peer-based resource system to share ideas and brainstorm on technology implementation.
Parents / Guardians
Parents of students in Grades 3-8 are provided with web-based, real-time access to their children’s grades via an on-line grading system called PowerSchool. This allows parents to see EACH grade for any given lesson or subject matter the moment it has been entered into the system.
Parents are encouraged to maintain e-mail contact with the faculty members, who offer a 24-hour response on any e-mail received. Ease of communication and open dialog are encouraged between school and home.