St. Francis of Assisi School


"Celebrating Over 65 Years of Quality Catholic Education"

21-18 46th Street Astoria, NY 11105 - (718) 726-9405 - Fax: (718) 721-2577
 

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Technology

A variety of grants continue to bring us the latest technology:

A private grant provided 53 desktop computers: 27 in our Media Center, 3 student units in each K - 3 classroom and each K-8 classroom has a teacher unit attached to an interactive SmartBoard. All computers run the Windows 7 operating system

Thanks to a diocesan CTN Grant SFA has received wireless connectivity throughout the building as well as a cart of laptops. Department of Ed funds have been used to purchase iPads. Research and special projects are now more readily completed, thus increasing student interest.

NYSSL funds have been used to purchase annual subscriptions to BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr enabling use in all classrooms. This is "an animated, curriculum-based content that engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement". There are free clips that might be viewed at home.

These funds have also provided a suite of creative programs that allow for curriculum-based student projects that, with parental permission, are posted to our website. The company has provided a trainer to demonstrate and to work directly with students and their teachers to facilitate effective use.

A variety of Web 2.0 tools enhance our work.

Our goal: Technology integration throughout the curriculum.

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General reminders:

Students have weekly lessons in the Media Center Lab as well as planned sessions with their classroom teacher.

Practice Internet Safety whenever online. Social networking sites are intended for those older than our student population. (Reminder: What is posted online remains online somewhere - think Google.) Please complete and return the Internet Use Policy form. 

It is important to practice keyboarding skills on a daily basis. Dance Mat Typing will appeal to the younger student while Keybr will challenge the older student. There are even piano keyboard lessons for the musically inclined. A Google search will provide many alternatives.  N.B. Students in Mrs. G's homeschool class in Colorado have found and enjoyed our resources; thoughtfully they have sent along a great addition: Keyboarding Skills.
 
Advanced planning (homework: e.g. prepare a short script to be read) is assigned so that the student is prepared to learn about and to use various Web 2.0 tools during lab time to complete and post a project.

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As we have since 2003, students participate (in October/November) in SPEAK UP DAY. Parents will also be invited & encouraged to participate in this national survey of technology use:

a) click on the link (will be provided when the survey opens)

b) select New York State

c) type: st fran

d) click on the "find school" button

e) click on our school's name

f) participate

Survey items will become available for preview.