The teachers at Our Lady of Grace Preschool thoughtfully plan, carefully implement, evaluate, and use their knowledge of child development and effective practices to carefully and intentionally select and use technology in the classroom experience. Some examples include the use of digital portfolios to document student's progress over time viewing e-books, experimenting with light tables and engaging with interactive apps on the Smartboard and/or iPads.
Our students are given time to explore and experiment with the functionality of technology so that they will become functional in using these tools to accomplish tasks such as making pictures, playing games, recording stories, taking photos, or making books.
The use of technology in our preschool classrooms do not replace activities such as creative play, real-life exploration, physical activity, outdoor experiences, conversations, and social interactions that are import for children's development.
Technology courses are essential to every Catholic school curriculum. In fact, technology is required to be integrated throughout each course of study from Mathematics to Religion. The use of technology in the 21st century is integral to preparing students for college and career success. Technology courses in Catholic schools cover a variety of lessons including Research and Information Fluency, Digital Citizenship, Creativity and Innovation, Communication and Collaboration. All of these units are taught and influenced by the lens of Catholic identity and the dignity of all humankind.
In addition to the core technology integrated curriculum, 3D printing has been added as an activity to enhance instruction throughout many of the schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
On May 5, 2015, Archbishop William E. Lori held a press conference to announce an exciting new initiative that makes a 3D printer available in every Archdiocesan school. The initiative was made possible due to support from the Embracing Our Mission ~ Shaping Our Future capital campaign, a generous donation by Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Croteau, and our technology and curriculum partners, 3D Systems and STEAMTrax.
3D printing is considered a “game-changer” for schools, as they provide children with unparalleled access to innovative technology used by engineers, astronauts on the International Space Station, and medical professionals and scientists.
Our Lady of Grace Preschool students will have access to this same technology and a curriculum that allows our students to become more ready every day for future discoveries and advances we have yet envisioned.