Technology: Learning & Instruction
Prince of Peace commits to using technology for the classroom that will benefit instruction (for teachers) and learning (for students). Here are some of the ways we do this:
K4 to 2nd Reading
Watch the YouTube video below to see how technology is used by our teachers in the classroom and how you can use technology at home aligned with our Superkids!™ classroom instructional materials to help your Prince of Peace child grow their reading skills.
K-4 to 8 Computer Lab
Students at every grade level attend a computer class once per week. Throughout the lab curriculum, students are learning to use graphics; audio/video editing software; podcasting; keyboarding; coding; and the Microsoft and Google suite of business programs (Word/Docs, Excel/Sheets, and PowerPoint/Slides).
Increase classroom pace and minimize downtime for teachers who can prepare presentations ahead of time; multi-media tools easily accessed and displayed in the classroom; digital texts can be displayed to the class so teachers can refer to texts more vividly; reviewing what was on the board earlier in the lesson or earlier in the week is easy with content just a click away.
All classrooms have iPads and or Chromebooks in the room to augment the teacher’s lessons. These devices are also used for individual assessments.
Clickers (or Student Response Systems)
Where teachers can do a formative assessment with short question and answer sessions and track student responses with a hand-held device the size of a calculator. Teachers can collect data and review it later to be sure students are participating in and understanding the lesson.
Chromebook Mobile Labs
Both the elementary and middle school, have access to these labs. They are used for assessments, research, and writing, science experiments, math-labs, and Spanish classes.
1st to 8th-grade students also use the computer lab or classroom devices to take Renaissance Learnings’ STAR and Accelerated Reader™ assessments and to track reading progress toward individualized goals. This program can guide teachers by suggesting specific reading skill enrichment activates for student improvement.
K4 to 2nd-grade students take online assessments three times per year in the computer lab. (We use a company called Children’s Progress) which gives instant feedback to the teacher that children are mastering skills matched to the Common Core Standards. Where there are gaps, the program suggests specific skill-oriented enrichment activities for student improvement.
2nd to 8th-grade students take online MAP assessments three times per year in the computer lab. This assessment monitors their growth in Math, Language Arts, and Reading. An option for Spanish and Science assessments may be added.
Middle School students write their papers in class with teacher coaching. They can use a Google Educational Suite so the teacher can review writing and give advice as they are composing their paper.
Students in 4th, 7th, and 8th use the netbooks as a mobile Spanish language lab where using headphones they can listen and respond to stories linked to their Spanish language textbooks.
There are multiple uses in the science lab where students can do virtual labs, for example. They can also use various sorts of temperature probes or motion sensors that can plug into Wireless computer modem with the USB port where data can be graphed and analyzed without much loss of class time.
TI-Navigator for MS Science
we also use a product from Texas Instruments where students can work calculations and (like the clicker/student response system above) the teacher can track student speed and accuracy by graphing responses on the Smartboard.
Option-C Data Management
This is one of the most important tools we have at the school, where grades, assignments, and important documents for parents are posted online with a username and password. This daily communication tool has made the “Progress Report” obsolete. Parents can track their child’s grades in every class from day to day. For more information, see our Option-C Page on this site.