Classroom Technology 2018-19

St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School is committed to the use of technology as a tool to challenge our students intellectually and prepare them for the world in which they live. As 21st century learners, students at St. Thomas use technology to explore, design, and create in ways that are reflective of real world applications. The use of technology in each class is integrated into their existing curriculum. Each classroom is equipped with state of the art technology for use by teachers and students.  
 
  • Preschool – Students in preschool will begin to access the world of technology through rich educational opportunities with their teachers. St. Thomas believes that early experiences have profound effects on the development of our students. Our preschool program focuses on enriching our students’ social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development using research-based best practices. Preschool teachers collaborate with special area teachers to introduce technology to our youngest learners through integrated projects. Senior preschool classrooms are equipped with SMARTBoards, which are a tool for hands-on and interactive learning. Junior and Senior preschool teachers have an iPad, which they use for creative learning opportunities with our students. The computer curriculum formally begins in kindergarten..
  • Kindergarten through Grade 3 – Students attend weekly computer classes in the technology lab and will also use technology in the classrooms for various learning activities. Kindergartners are introduced to mouse skills, discover the position of letters and numbers on the keyboard, and learn how to work with icons. By the time students are in third grade, they will be able to navigate in virtual environments, create digital publications representative of their learning, and will be able to communicate their ideas with one another via email. Keyboarding skills are introduced in second grade as well. In addition to SMARTBoards, students in Kindergarten through second grade classrooms have 10 iPads per classroom for a 2-1 iPad environment. Third grade classrooms have a 1-1 iPad ratio.
  • Grades 4 and 5 – Students purchase Microsoft Surface Tablets, which they use until they graduate from the school. The tablet is used in all areas of the curriculum to access information for research, to collaborate on work, participate in project-based instruction and create presentations. By the time students are in fifth grade, they will be able to research and evaluate information, create media-rich presentations, and communicate ideas via email or teacher-monitored blog sites. All classrooms in these grades have SMARTBoards.

Technology Tools

Desktop/Laptop Computers are available for student use in three locations: the Brockway Media Center, the technology lab, and individual classrooms (K-3). The Center for Excellence is equipped with a SMARTBoard, desktop computers, and iPads to help students with learning differences.

Special Area Classes are also equipped with SMARTBoards. Students may also take their iPads or Surface tablets to their Special Area classes for full integration. Lower School Science and our Spanish Department each have a set of iPads for classroom research, projects, and activities.

All students in Grades 3-5 have St. Thomas hosted email accounts. Students in these grades use email daily for teacher and student communication. Email may be accessed both internally and remotely. Students in 3rd grade will be introduced to their email account for purposes of communicating and collaborating during learning projects and will therefore not be used outside of school.

Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety is seen as a school-wide concern at St. Thomas. Classes on this subject are taught to all students in Kindergarten - 5th grade.