Technology courses are essential to every Catholic school curriculum. In fact, technology is required to be integrated throughout each course of study from Mathematics to Religion. The use of technology in the 21st century is integral to preparing students for college and career success. Technology courses in Catholic schools cover a variety of lessons including Research and Information Fluency, Digital Citizenship, Creativity and Innovation, Communication, and Collaboration. All of these units are taught and influenced by the lens of Catholic identity and the dignity of all humankind.
In addition to the core technology integrated curriculum, 3D printing has been added as an activity to enhance instruction throughout many of the schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
On May 5, 2015, Archbishop William E. Lori held a press conference to announce an exciting new initiative that makes a 3D printer available in every Archdiocesan school. The initiative was made possible due to support from the Embracing Our Mission ~ Shaping Our Future capital campaign, a generous donation by Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Croteau, and our technology and curriculum partners, 3D Systems and STEAMTrax.
3D printing is considered a “game-changer” for schools, as it provides children with unparalleled access to innovative technology used by engineers, astronauts on the International Space Station, and medical professionals and scientists.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School students will have access to this same technology and a curriculum that allows our students to become more ready every day for future discoveries and advances we have yet envisioned.
Through a beneficial partnership with Verizon Wireless, our students and teachers are provided with Samsung tablets for use in the classrooms. Teachers use these tablets on a daily basis, through the use of applications and the internet, to teach in new and interesting ways. This partnership allows the use of two hundred and fifty Verizon tablets on campus, allowing students from Pre-K through high school the opportunity to learn through multiple learning exercises and activities, testing and exciting every young mind.
To further integrate technology in our classrooms, Our Lady of Mount Carmel has installed SMART Boards and Tables in our Lower School and Early Learning classrooms. Pre-K students have the use of a SMART Table in their classrooms. All Kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms are equipped with a SMART board.