Integrated digital technologies are vital to curriculum, instruction, and student learning. Classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards, document cameras, Apple TVs, and a dedicated classroom computer and projector for use with those digital devices. Each teacher is equipped with a computer to plan lessons, take part in online professional development, post grades, maintain classroom websites, and communicate with parents. Each classroom from Kindergarten through seventh grade has classroom iPads and MacBook laptops for instruction, research, and/or enrichment. Eighth grade uses MacBook Pro computers in addition to one-to-one iPads for instructional use in all classes, and specifically in math as the Algebra I “textbook” is digital only.
Google Classroom forms a common connection in the school community, supporting teachers, enabling students, fostering home-school connections. Use of Google Classroom puts St. Charles within the robust school-tech sector, where 80 million students engage with Google tools every day.
In addition to the Google tools, teachers deploy technologies to teach computing and keyboarding skills as well as using digital tools for research, individualized learning centers, self-assessment, productivity, and other online activities. In addition to the online versions of textbooks, teachers use interactive online websites such as Newsella, RAZ Kids, DanceMat Typing, Brain Pop, Learn Zillion, Finaly and Mathletics to support student learning. Ted Talks, Khan Academy, Apple Music, Storyline Online, You Tube, and Teacher Tube are also utilized to enhance student learning.
A program of Hour of Code is offered twice annually, during which students engage in coding activities, articulated in increasing difficulty so that basics of coding standards become familiar to students.