Technology in the Classroom
Instructional Technology Philosophy
At Santa Catalina School, technology is used both in and outside the classroom to enhance teaching and learning. Technology is employed as a means to help realize the educational objectives of our school’s mission and to further develop in each student initiative and self-confidence, a striving for academic excellence, and a sense of responsible purpose.
The appropriate integration of technology varies by discipline and grade level, but it is guided by these objectives. The use and flexible application of technology will create a more student-centered learning environment that inspires creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking and better prepares students for the future. As a result, teachers are asked to become familiar with the latest pedagogical advantages of using technology in the classroom. As teachers and students, together, grow in digital fluency, we believe students are equipped to use technology in a responsible manner and are better prepared to serve the world with “courage, graciousness, and compassion”.
Using the Instructional Technology Philosophy as the basis of our planning and use of digital technology, the following requirements and recommendations will allow your child to fully realize the learning opportunities offered in and out of the classroom. As part of our annual orientation activities, every student is required to acknowledge that they will follow our Acceptable Use Policy.
Santa Catalina provides all students with a school account through our Google Apps for Education platform. Each account includes an email address, a comprehensive suite of productivity apps, and unlimited online storage for documents, presentations, photos, and projects.
Santa Catalina provides each Middle School student with a Chromebook. These devices have an updated operating system and Chrome browser that works seamlessly with the suite of applications. This Chromebook will be the primary device for most online activities, so we require that students maintain the device in good working order throughout the three years of Middle School. If a Chromebook malfunctions or is damaged, the school can assist in repairs or replacement. The costs of the Chromebook device and any repairs or replacements will be billed directly to a student’s account as a book charge.
The school provides wireless access across campus, and students will be able to connect to a secure network using their login credentials.