Importance of School Technology
St. Paul’s Lutheran School believes that technology has become an important part of life and learning. Our Technology Initiative seeks to fulfill our mission of “helping God’s children grow to be energetic servant leaders for Him through love, respect and a commitment to excellence” by dramatically enhancing our methods of educating through the use of technology.
Our specific technology goals:
- Equip students and staff to use technology to impact the world for Christ.
- Teach students discernment and the ethical use of technology.
- Improve the quality of student learning and academic achievement as students develop a new set of knowledge and skills for the future world of work.
- Provide greater access to educational opportunities, formative assessments, and differentiated instruction by providing one to one access to laptops for students for anytime, anywhere learning.
- Improve communication and widen our sense of community by expanding the way teachers, students, and parents are able to interact with each other.
- Equip students to be lifelong learners.
- Provide education staff with Professional Development opportunities to help them improve as teachers and discover new ways to teach and impact students for service in God’s world.
- Transforming Instruction and Learning
Transforming Instruction and Learning
Multiple dispensers of knowledge – The teacher is no longer the sole dispenser of knowledge. Knowledge is gained through access to multiple resources and is shared through other students as well as the teacher.
Independent learning – Encourage independent learning at the student’s own pace. Allow for extra time to enable slower learners to grasp new ideas, while quicker learners can move on to new material or further study the same concept.
Critical thinking and problem-solving – Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Enhance memorization by asking questions such as, “why?” “How does this affect God’s world?” “How does this affect me as a child of God?”
Collaboration and sharing – Promote collaborative learning and sharing of knowledge via group projects and team problem-solving.
Myriad information sources – Textbooks are no longer the sole source of information. Use the Internet to supplement and, when appropriate, replace aging textbooks as information sources.
Student motivation – Computers offer unique ways of learning which motivates students to eagerly participate.
Consistent with educations trends – Our society has become increasingly dependent on technology. Computers are not a supplemental part, but an integral part of society and of the educational process.
Limitless resources – The internet provides virtually unlimited, constantly updated, and in most cases, free resources, more extensive and more up-to-date information than aging textbooks can provide, and at a lower cost.
Future education/employment – Technology skills are crucial for future higher education and employment. Whether high school, college or beyond, skills and values taught at St. Paul’s provide an excellent foundation for the future of every student.
Discernment – Our children are already using technology – we can now teach time discernment and responsibility! As a Christian school, St. Paul’s is uniquely equipped to assist students in gaining good judgment and responsible use of technology.
Safety – We are sensitive to the need for security when using the Internet, and safeguards have been built into our planning and delivery of this service.