St. Bartholomew School recently completed a 5 year technology capital improvement plan. The plan included new wiring for the entire campus so that every classroom now has high speed internet connections and secure wireless. In addition to bringing the best internet connectivity to each room, this technology improvement facilitated security cameras throughout our campus and improved speed for interactive software.
Chromebooks are made available to students at every grade level. In addition to access to these mobile classroom Chromebooks, each classroom has a computer, a Mimio Interactive Whiteboard, and a high definition projector with an integrated sound system. These technology solutions allow every teacher at the school to teach in every classroom with the latest interactive technology.
Our Mimio Whiteboards allow teachers to bring the overhead projector to the digital age. Anything done on the computer can now be done on a whiteboard in front of the class on a large interactive whiteboard, allowing for a complete multimedia experience. Educational software packages allow for interactive lesson plans, complete with sound and responsive modules that can be used in subject matter at every grade level. S.T.E.M related classes are opened up to resources far beyond books or handouts.
Students are able to learn with hands-on-activities while learning important technology skills.
St. Bartholomew School has a dedicated computer lab. Students from both the lower and upper schools have computer class at least once a week. Classes are broken down into smaller sizes so that the student to teacher ratio remains low at all times.
Computer class is designed to be age and developmentally appropriate for each grade. Internet safety is taught from Kindergarten through 8th grade and is a fundamental principle instilled in every class.
Lower School students are given instruction in various software platforms, including Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel. Various sharing platforms such as Google Docs and Google Slides are taught.
In addition to the software and sharing platforms above, students are introduced to Robotics, Publisher, Computer Languages, Multimedia methods, Graphics inclusion, and Microsoft Suite, and as of December 2019 Minecraft: Education Edition.
The Minecraft:Education Edition includes tutorials, classroom management tools, collaboration ideas, and many sample lessons in different subjects that teachers can map directly to specific learning outcomes and curriculum standards. Beyond just learning to code, the open learning environment gives students the freedom to experiment-- encouraging creative self-expression and problem solving while developing 21st century skills critical for success in the workforce. Read more about how Minecraft was introduced to St. Bart's