Students and teachers are immersed in technology everyday at Saint Mary. From storytelling to Flipped Classroom models, technology is a constant driving machine at Saint Mary. Instruction of students in technology is essential to classroom teachers being able to effectively use technology in their classrooms and deliver course content. That's why at Saint Mary, our students are introduced at an early age to use technology!
INSTRUCTOR & ADMINISTRATOR
Mr. Mike Tuntland
847-459-6270 - Ext 230
Other hours by appointment.
Digital literacy begins even at the tender ages at Saint Mary School. The excitement of video, gaming, and interaction take learning to a whole new level. While most look at games as just that, the cognitive thinking, reasoning, and decision making skills are built every time a kid moves their mouse, clicks on a box, or decides what to choose. Manipulation of mouse and keyboard builds physical development of fine and large motor skills. The decision and choices offered through interactive play invoke thought, and the carefully guided share activities ensure that students are still thinking about their choices.
Our Early Childhood students spend 20 minutes (PreK) and 45 minutes in Kindergarten receiving instruction using technology. Basic computer operation is discussed, but a major focus is the interaction of the student with technology. Many of the assessments are through direct observation by the instructor. Students progressively develop the skills required to navigate computer systems, internet systems, and function in Windows environment. Through the use of interactive games, classroom teachings are reinforced and built using technology.
Safety is a number one concern and you'll find that the Saint Mary network is one of the safest school networks around. We employ strict content filtering and group policies to keep our students safe when connected to the network and the internet. They are also taught how to be responsible digital learners including learning danger signs from using the internet.