The Technology curriculum focuses on teaching the students to be good digital citizens. Preschool and Kindergarten students focus on computer usage, primarily mouse and introductory keyboard skills. In 1st-5th grades, students gain real-world skills in keyboarding, word processing, presentation, drawing and spreadsheet software applications. They also learn about computer science, through coding and robotics units. In 6th-8th grades, students have a stronger focus on computer science utilizing Scratch, CS First and code.org Computer Science Discoveries curriculum.
SFS Technology At-A-Glance
- St. Francis de Sales has a computer lab with 26 Windows desktop computers.
- Students in K-4th grade have classroom iPads. There is about a 1:3 student to iPad ratio in K-3rd and about a 1:1 ratio in 4th grade.
- There is one cart of 20 iPads that 5th-8th grades share. 5th-8th grades are also 1:1 with Chromebooks which are utilized in several classes for assignments and projects.
- The majority of the academic classrooms have an interactive whiteboard and all have a desktop computer for the teacher. Last year, robotics was incorporated within the Technology curriculum. The lab now has six Dash robots the students can program, and two Ollie robots that students can control via an app.
- Digital Citizenship is a key area of focus for K-8th grades, utilizing the Common Sense Media curriculum.