St. Paul Lutheran School utilizes technology throughout the curriculum. Each Pre-Kindergarten 3 through 8th grade classroom contains a Clear Touch Board and document camera. These devices not only enhance the teacher’s ability to present material in a stimulating way, but they also invite students to actively engage in their learning.
Kindergarten through second grade students have 1:1 access to iPads, to lift the level and application of learning, when applicable. Third through eighth grade students have 1:1 access with chrome books. Students are empowered to use these devices in ways that enhance and extend their learning. Additionally, students are learning a variety of skills to help them with their research, presentation abilities and content knowledge and skills.
ISTE Standards guide teachers and students to become “empowered learners, responsible digital citizens, knowledge constructors, innovative designers, computational thinkers, creative communicators and global collaborators.”
STEM Science Technology Engineering and Math
STEM is one of the recent buzz words for education. School leaders are realizing that schools have a duty to prepare students for college and career. More and more professions require the use of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). So schools are integrating more of this into the curriculum.
At St. Paul Lutheran School, we are proud to say that we have long emphasized science and technology as crucial components of the educational process joining core subjects like mathematics and the language arts. Integrating science, technology, engineering and math across the grades happens in classroom instruction and special programs, like middle school electives.
We are also realizing the growing need for students to be able to read and communicate in the language of these fields. An increasing emphasis on non-fiction reading and writing is evident across the SPLS curriculum.