Advanced technology devices are provided to ALL of our students Pre-K through 8th grade. Every classroom is equipped with an interactive Promethean white board, document camera, computer stations and printers, Google ipads, and Chromebooks. We routinely use technology to help with individualized instruction for each student utilizing programs such as Reading A-Z, Head Sprout, Happy Numbers and Dream Box. In addition, our school conducts NWEA MAP Growth on-line testing, to measure individualized academic growth three times a year. This resulting data then becomes a transformational teaching tool for our faculty so they may plan and adjust a student's specific instruction as needed. Teachers also operate Google Classroom and multi-platform programs like BrainPop to communicate with students on assignments and activities where students have an opportunity to collaborate, create, communicate and become critical thinkers.
Our Notre Dame technology curriculum begins in the primary grades with focus on basics like learning to use a computer mouse, keyboarding, and learning how to safely navigate the Internet. Technology is not seen as a separate subject to be taught in isolation, but rather a tool embedded in the process of learning in all subject areas. Our educators are responsible for teaching TEKS to their prospective grade level and for planning units of study where technology enhances output and higher-level thinking occurs. Challenging lessons are planned that integrate and optimize technology moving away from teacher-directed to more independent student-directed learning.