The computer lab is equipped with 25 desktop machines, and an instructor’s machine all connected to the Internet. All of the machines use Windows XP and have current licenses for Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Also, each machine has Kid Pix and Type to Learn applications under license. The SmartBoard is used for whole-class instruction. Each classroom has a Windows XP machine primarily for the teacher’s use. The Art Room and Music Room each have an eMac which is utilized as an instructor’s machine. There are 9 additional eMacs in the computer lab.
St. Ann Catholic School considers technology an essential component of education in the 21st Century. The goal of technology use is to integrate it throughout the learning process. Students are given the opportunity to communicate, collaborate and develop skills that are essential to success in both the real and virtual world environments. They also learn to problem solve and play roles in a global community where knowledge and information are expanding exponentially.
Adventure Learning. Each academic year, St. Ann Catholic School participates in a series of distance learning projects. These adventure learning programs are interactive and collaborative. The students connect to live explorations in the Arctic, the Amazon and the Mississippi watershed. The technology instructor at St. Ann Catholic School, Michael Clark, develops and conducts an adventure learning expedition annually that is tailored specifically for the students at St. Ann Catholic School.
St. Ann Wikispace. With the creation and utilization of St. Ann Catholic School’s wikispace, students are developing the ability to construct their own bodies of knowledge and to demonstrate understanding of the proper and ethical use of information. The wikispace includes the use of wiki mail which provides a unique and safe environment for collaboration and communication.