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Technology

There are over 200 computer workstations on the campus of St. Paul Lutheran School. Thirty-one of these computers are found in the computer lab, fifteen in the library, with others being dispersed throughout all the classrooms, the Spanish lab, and the administration offices including our After School Care rooms. All of the computers are networked together, sharing word processing and over 60 software programs. Our programs include various levels of mathematics, language arts, science and social studies. Each computer has Internet access, a valuable research tool for teachers and students alike.

We have a set of 28 laptop computers, located on a moveable cart. This enables teachers to use computers in their classrooms, using wireless technology with the entire class so students can access the Internet from any classroom or work on Microsoft Word, Publisher, PowerPoint, MovieMaker or Excel for class assignments. Teachers in grades 3-8 check out the laptop cart for classroom use.Our early childhood students benefit from an iPad Center.

In computer classes, students develop new skills through a variety of curriculum based projects. Technology curriculum is designed to build a solid foundation, encourage creativity, and allow active participation in the learning process. Skills taught include keyboarding, Internet research, word processing, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, presentations, digital image, and video editing as well as an introduction to computer programming. Students in grades 1-8 have computer class twice each week.First grade students visit the computer lab once a week.

Ceiling mounted LCD projectors and wall screens have been added to every classroom. Teachers use the projectors to demonstrate projects, show movies, download and project images, and teach Internet lessons. Sixteen classrooms have surround sound audio systems used in conjunction with a teacher microphone so all children can hear the teacher clearly throughout the room. Document cameras are used in sixteen classrooms, allowing students to see a projection of a paper, maps, books, or three-dimensional objects the teacher has chosen to be viewed. Nearly every classroom is outfitted with a Promethean Interactive Whiteboard (also known as SmartBoard). Classrooms are continually updated to remain current with today's technology.

St. Paul Lutheran School is using RenWeb, a tool that hosts school and student information online, classroom web pages, weekly newsletters, assignments and grades. Parents can securely and privately access their child’s grades by using their e-mail address and password. Teachers post grades at least once a week and RenWeb provides an excellent way for parents to stay aware of how their child is progressing in school.

As technology improvements are made in our world, St. Paul Lutheran School strives to incorporate those improvements into its teaching methods. Teachers attend computer and technology training sessions to continue to update their own knowledge and use of technology. The school board, principal, and teachers are committed to the implementation and improvement of technology at St. Paul Lutheran School. This will benefit all the children and empower them in an increasingly technological world.