During the 2012 Fall semester, St. Anthony implemented an entire class set of iPads at the school as well as an Apple “cart” which works to synchronize and coordinate the activities of those iPads. Each teacher also has an iPad and a classroom projector, allowing them to supplement their lesson plans with many great multimedia educational applications.
This summer we are proud to say that we have continued with our technology plan by adding an additional 20 iPads for the students as well as continuing our successful “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) policy that began last Spring in our Junior high. We have also updated our PC computer lab in order to ensure a balanced working knowledge of both major computer operating systems.
This is a huge step in the future vision of St. Anthony’s and in developing 21st century learners that will remain on the cutting edge of a rapidly changing world. However, it is always important to remember a couple of things in light of these changes:
1) This sort of integration of technology into classrooms is extremely new and there are a lot of “hiccups” that are inevitable. All educators are extremely comfortable with textbooks, notebooks, and pencils, but few are taking large steps in revolutionizing the education process. Our teachers at St. Anthony’s are on board with becoming revolutionaries with this change in education and creating a learning community to remain at the top of what we do best – teach.
2) No device can ever replace a good teacher. I’m proud to boast the variety of gifts, talents, and techniques that our teachers employ. However, I’m most proud and thankful for the amount of “heart” that goes in to the very serious work they do.