“Holy Family Catholic Academy sees technology as a means to an end, not an end in and of itself. Seamlessly embedding a variety of technology into our coursework clearly enhances student learning.” Kate O’Brien, Principal
Holy Family Catholic Academy elevates our 21st century curriculum and instruction with a wide array of technology, tools, and resources. HFCA’s goal is to enhance students’ learning by integrating technology routinely and transparently into the curriculum.
- Technology is not a separate subject. Rather than bringing students to a “computer lab,” we bring the lab to the students and use technology as a daily teaching tool and resource. Research and information fluency are integral in our students’ education. HFCA implements technology to:
- teach students to access, organize, evaluate, and communicate information.
- differentiate learning so all students are appropriately challenged.
- develop skills that encourage personal productivity, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration in the classroom and in daily life.
- foster student engagement so students begin to take more control over their own learning, encouraging student-centered project-based learning.
- New technology integration emerges as our teachers attend professional development, share ideas and knowledge, and explore the endless possibilities of creative implementation. Examples include on-line learning, project-based activities, game-based learning and assessment, coding skills, student-created media presentations, and collaborative learning sites such as Google Docs and wikis.
- In 2015, HFCA created a new position of “Technology Coach” filled by Mrs. Janice Geisheker. The role of the Technology Coach is to collaborate with our faculty to identify relevant technology that differentiates instruction and enhances our rigorous curriculum. The idea of a “coach” is a win-win for both Janice and the HFCA faculty. Janice is focused on providing guidance, not burdened with the day-to-day responsibilities of teaching or administration, and the teachers appreciate that she speaks their language and understands their perspective.
- All classrooms have wireless Internet connections and are equipped with interactive projectors.
- Technology is readily available and accessible for the learning task at hand. HFCA utilizes multiple platforms and devices to ensure our students are fluent is a wide range of devices and software.
- Grades K-2: iPads are introduced to support curriculum and learning to achieve the learning goals for our youngest students. Read more at comhttp://fw.to/kOaCneU.
- Grades 3-5 are introduced to cloud computing through the use of Chromebooks. Students have access to 1:1 technology through the use of carts which include laptops and Chromebooks. Ipads are also available to these learners.
- Grades 6-8 use a variety of laptops and tablets with a 1:1 ratio.
To ensure HFCA remains current with technology, we have formed the HFCA Technology Advisory Committee comprised of IT professionals, parents, and HFCA staff. This committee is charged with reviewing and developing short and long range plans for infrastructure, hardware, software, and cloud computing options, along with the professional development needs of our faculty and staff.
We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.” – David Warlick