E3 – Technology Initiative
E3 – Enhance, Excite, Engage
The world around us is continually changing and requires citizens to be able to function in a world that calls upon 21st Century Skills such as:
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Creativity and Innovation
We are committed to preparing students to be literate and responsible citizens in today’s world. The St. Michael the Archangel School 1:1 iPad initiative E3 – Enhance, Excite, Engage will help prepare students to be literate and responsible citizens in a 21st century world. The use of iPads will Enhance academic excellence, Excite 21st century learners and Engage students in a digital environment. We are providing students with instant access to information all over the world and preparing them to be effective and responsible users of technology. By teaching students to think critically, collaborate and be creative we are developing skills needed to be 21st century learners and citizens.
This exciting school-wide initiative is a tremendous educational opportunity and a privilege that comes with much responsibility. We believe that our students are able to handle this incredible responsibility with appropriate guidance from both teachers and parents. Much care will be taken to properly instruct students about how to use the device and to communicate our expectations governing it. All students will receive training on how to safely and effectively use the device before the iPads are issued.
Computer science skills, such as coding, provide critical thinking, logic, persistence and creativity. These are skills that help students excel at problem solving in all subject areas. We are pleased to offer coding opportunities to all of our students in grades K-8 this year.
Students in the Middle School will receive one trimester of coding instruction during their Computer classes. Mrs. Tobin will use the Google CS First program that ties in Scratch, which is a coding website developed by MIT.
Students in the Elementary School will receive one trimester of coding instruction during their Computer classes. Mrs. Tobin will use coding activities designed especially for younger students by code.org
Students in the Middle School will receive one trimester of robotics building, programming and coding instruction during their Computer class. Mrs. Tobin will use the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 curriculum, which encourages students to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills through inquiry-based and active learning.
Students in the upper grades at the Elementary School will receive an opportunity to explore engineering during Computer class using LittleBits. LittleBits is a system of electronic building blocks that allow students to invent anything from a remote controlled car, to a door alarm. Students will use their imagination and problem-solving skills to design fun and exciting inventions. Mrs. Tobin will have the students capture their building process on video and create an iMovie to showcase their inventions!