Technology courses are essential to every Catholic school curriculum. In fact, technology is required to be integrated throughout each course of study from Mathematics to Religion. The use of technology in the 21st century is integral to preparing students for college and career success. Technology courses in Catholic schools cover a variety of lessons including Research and Information Fluency, Digital Citizenship, Creativity and Innovation, Communication and Collaboration. All of these units are taught and influenced by the lens of Catholic identity and the dignity of all humankind.
In addition to the core technology integrated curriculum, 3D printing has been added as an activity to enhance instruction throughout many of the schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
On May 5, 2015, Archbishop William E. Lori held a press conference to announce an exciting new initiative that makes a 3D printer available in every Archdiocesan school. The initiative was made possible due to support from the Embracing Our Mission ~ Shaping Our Future capital campaign, a generous donation by Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Croteau, and our technology and curriculum partners, 3D Systems and STEAMTrax.
3D printing is considered a “game-changer” for schools, as they provide children with unparalleled access to innovative technology used by engineers, astronauts on the International Space Station, and medical professionals and scientists.
St. Ursula School students have access to this same technology and a curriculum that allows our students to become more ready every day for future discoveries and advances we have yet envisioned.
The Archdiocese of Baltimore’s curriculum requires technology to be integrated throughout each course of study from Mathematics to Religion. St. Ursula School is able to meet this requirement through our Chromebook carts. We have 9 sets of 30 Chromebooks, 1 set each for grades 1 through 8, and one set for use in our collaborative teaching areas. Two sets are touchscreen to promote ease of use. The Chromebooks allow for an interactive teaching and learning environment that prepares students for college and career success.
St. Ursula School has one set of 30 iPads for use in our school. The iPads are mainly used by our Pre-K and Kindergarten students in the classroom. Teachers use the iPads to enhance learning by creating hands-on, customizable, and interactive learning experiences for each child.