Since 2009, Sacred Heart has been designated an Apple Distinguished School for successful integration of technology. The Apple Distinguished School award is reserved for schools that have implemented a 21st-century vision of education. As a result, the school is frequently visited by educators from other schools, parochial and public, observing how 1:1 iPads, Smart Boards, and Apple TV are integrated into the curriculum.
Junior Kindergarten through first-grade students attend weekly technology classes to learn the basics of using a trackpad, keyboarding, and saving a document. They learn the fundamentals of coding and engineering through resources such as Ozobots and Scratch. Students in grades two through four attend STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics) class in the dedicated STEAM Lab once a week while fifth through eighth-grade students attend twice a week. In the dedicated STEAM lab, students engage in projects using the 3D printer, robots, and other engineering materials.
All students at Sacred Heart have access to a digital device. Classes in 1st-8th grades are 1:1 iPads. Beginning in 6th-grade students take their iPads home. With each student having a personal device, technology becomes a natural part of each student's development. The curriculum always drives how the technology is used, and students use these resources as naturally as picking up a crayon or calculator.
The use of technology is not limited to the students. Our PowerSchool Student Identification System allows parents to access real-time information on their child's progress by subject. Between meetings with teachers, parents can check on their child's homework assignments, test scores, and overall class grades. In this way, technology helps us keep an open dialogue between parents, students, and teachers.