“Technology, like art, is a soaring exercise of the human imagination.” Daniel Bell
At St. Laurentius School. students in grades K through 8 receive instruction in technology in the SLS Computer Lab once a week. There is always a lot of work to be done in a short amount of time, students will need to come to class focused & ready to learn.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia technology instruction guidelines aim towards a wholly educated child, one who is “prepared to interact, with self-worth and accountability in today’s evolving society.” (Archdiocese Elementary Technology Standards Handbook). In this age of social media proliferation, these values are more important than ever.
Instruction focuses on using and manipulating some basic computer software programs as well as utilizing many web-based programs and learning tools. This year, as we launch G Suite Google for Education, students will be able to connect, collaborate and learn in really exciting new ways. (More info to follow on that!)
No matter the platform, of paramount importance to me as the instructor is encouraging critical thinking, that students synthesize information, and develop discernment and problem solving skills – all within an environment of high ethical conduct and standards.
As every student’s access to technology at home varies, all assignments and projects will be completed in class. As we move towards a completely paper-less lab, the only thing they will need for this class is a positive and cooperative attitude. Since our time together is brief – please encourage your child to come to class ready to learn, to listen to instructions before commencing work and to be respectful of the computer equipment and their classmates.
I look forward to seeing all of your amazing children in the computer lab every week, I have very high expectations for what they can achieve and I hope to give them the tools and inspiration to do wonderful things!
Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time with questions or concerns.
Ms. Susan Feenan