Technology Initiatives at St. Bridget
Since its inception in 1994, St. Bridget School has been a leader in technology. The very first computer lab offered students the opportunity to use modern and current technologies to enhance their writing to reading skills. The use of technology within the school has grown every year since then.
Currently we have a computer lab in the lower wing designated to servicing the specific educational needs of grades K-3 students. Students at this level also have access to web-based phonics, reading, and math programs as well as opportunities to leverage the suite of Microsoft Office products and other programs stored locally on the computers. Students have access to iPads both in the lab and in their classroom.
This year students have access to a mobile laptop lab for grades 4-8. The mobile lab has allowed us to move away from the computer lab environment to an “anytime, anywhere, any place” approach to education. Here students hone their research and writing skills and further advance their educational experience while on campus.
Each 6th, 7th and 8th grade student is provided with their own iPad. Students use the iPads for a multitude of classroom related tasks including research and projects which integrate the multimedia capabilities of the devices. Students in the 4th through 5th grades have designated iPads with age specific applications meant to educate, enhance and advance classroom learning experiences to better prepare students to adapt and capitalize on the technologies of the future.
Each classroom and specials room on campus is outfitted interactive whiteboards permitting teachers the capacity to bring in collaborative and multidimensional aspects of education to keep students engaged and entertained throughout the lessons. In addition all classrooms have cable TV access. Each teacher has a laptop and an iPad for use in the classroom. Both wired and wireless network connectivity is available on campus.
St. Bridget does offer a robust Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) infrastructure that allows students the capacity to bring in supported devices to enhance their educational experience.
We use one of the best content filters on the market to protect our students from inappropriate content on the internet using a tiered security environment so teachers can access content for educational purposes while students are prohibited from social media and sites like YouTube.
As we continue to advance we will remain dedicated to:
- Emphasizing problem-based, student-centered, small group learning activities.
- Enhancing our early education program with classroom learning centers that include technology (computers, tablets, & interactive tables).
- Equipping our faculty with the technology, tools and training to continue to deliver superior education in an evolving environment.