Technology

Overview

Lacordaire Academy’s technology program provides faculty with the resources to make learning dynamic, engaging and current.  All classrooms in the Academy have Wi-Fi and Internet access, and students in every grade have access to the over 20 classrooms equipped with Smart Board or Smart Panel Technology. Additionally, there are two computer labs for our students’ use, and students and faculty have access to iPads, mini iPads, and Chromebooks for daily and project-based learning.

One to One Computing Program

Lacordaire Academy offers a 1:1 program in which students in grades 9-12 may bring in their own lap tops or tablets and students in grades 7-8 may use Chromebooks. Grades 7-8 are trained in how to use Chromebooks, and any student in grade 7-12 may reserve a school Chromebook for use during the day.

Students use technology to research, create and demonstrate knowledge, as well as to share ideas and collaborate with classmates.  Faculty use technology to provide students with the most current resources and information, to engage and excite all kinds of learners, and to teach skills that students need in future educational settings and careers.

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Google Apps for Education

Lacordaire uses Google Apps for Education and provides students in grades 5 through 12 with Lacordaire emails.  Students and faculty use Google Apps to share information, create presentations, collaborate on projects, and reduce paper waste.  Students and faculty receive training on how to use all available tools and resources, such as Classroom, Google Docs, Presentations and Spreadsheets. They learn to blog, post and share information with each other and faculty.

Computer Science Curriculum

Technolgy curriculum is designed to support and extend the learning that occurs in the classroom, as well as to strengthen research, collaboration and presentation skills.  

Lower School Computer Science Curriculum:

  • Practices reading and math skills through interactive games and educational software
  • Creates visual and audial presentations to demonstrate knowledge of topics in language arts, science and social studies using PowerPoint and other tools
  • Improves study skills by learning touch typing and file management
  • Participates in annual Week of Code
  • Uses iPads to build reading comprehension, math and phonics skills

Middle School Computer Science Curriculum

  • Teaches the basics of programming, web design, and creation of innovative apps
  • Implements the 20 Hours of Code Curriculum in addition to participation of Week of Code
  • Instructs students on Google Apps for Education tools, including Google Docs, Presentations, Spreadsheets, Calendar, Classroom and Blogs
  • Provides training and practice with Power Point, Publisher, Word and Excel and comparable Apple tools using iPads and iPad minis
  • Uses free on-line resources, such as Scratch
  • Assists with student-produced Laco Leger, a quarterly school newspaper, and Yearbook
  • Trains students for Cyber Safety and appropriate use of Social Media
  • Creates awareness of cyber bullying and the dangers of inappropriate uses of technology

Upper School Technology Curriculum

Students in grades 9-12 receive the following instruction:

  • Training on Google Apps for Education, including how to use Google Drive, Calendars, Docs, Presentations, Spreadsheets and Classroom for blogging and posts
  • Instruction on how to use Chromebook, iMac and iPad technology and SmartBoard/SmartPannel
  • Theatre: Provides training with sound board and light equipment
  • Yearbook: Produces and edits annual yearbook
  • Checkerboard/Zephyr: Creates and edits the quarterly school newspaper and the annual literary magazine
  • Film: Creates, directs, and produces original films and music videos using iMac and iPads
  • Photography: teaches basics of photography using iPhones and digital cameras

 

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M):

Lacordaire engages students in S.T.E.M. across the curriculum through interactive and interdisciplinary lessons from pre-k to twelfth grade.  Students in all grades learn science, technology, math and engineering concepts through hands-on labs and projects.

Examples of Academy STEM Lessons/Offerings
  • Creation and maintenance of Academy Science garden  by Pre K-12
  • Building geometric 2d and 3d shapes using toothpicks and gum drops in Kindergarten-2nd grade
  • Earth Day Celebration with environmentally friendly science lessons Pre K-12
  • Week of Code from Code.org K-8
  • Orienteering lessons/Scavenger hunt using maps and compasses for grades 3-6
  • Science classification lessons on nature hike for grades 5-6
  • Bi-weekly labs for General, Earth, Physical and Life Sciences – grades 5-8
  • Weekly labs for Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Human Anatomy, Genetics and Molecular Gastronomy for grades 9-12
  • Second grade science labs with 5th/6th graders in STEM lab
  •  Annual Science Fair – projects completed in school for grades 3-8
  • Virtual field trips with Skype and other web based sites –  PreK – 12
  • Field trips: Marsh clean up, simulated trips to the moon, preservation of beaches at Sandy Hook
  • Harkness method used daily for grades 5-12
  • CLUBS: Lego, Environmental, CSI, and Math Club
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Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (S.T.E.A.M):

Beyond what is offered as part of the S.T.E.M. initiative, Lacordaire Academy excels at an interdisciplinary approach to learning that uses the Arts to bring learning to life and to inspire students to use creativity and imagination to make sense of the world. Our S.T.E.A.M. program in the Middle and Upper Schools offers a Shakespeare Festival, portfolio development in fine and performing arts, Art Museum Night, Ellis Island Simulation, and Civil War Re-enactment. In the Lower School, Creative Dramatics and Readers’ Theatre are two innovative programs that help emerging readers, as well as skilled readers, improve reading comprehension. To learn of the daily integration of our Arts program across the curriculum, one only has to walk the Academy’s halls.

Examples of Academy STEAM lessons/Offerings:
  • Creative Dramatics for Pre K and K weekly
  • Readers’ Theatre for grades 1-4 weekly
  • Intersession Week/Internships  grades 9-12
  • Re-enactment of the Civil War – Grade 8
  • Ellis Island Simulation – Grades 8 and 10
  • Theatre Program for Kindergarten-12/Stage Crew
  • Instrumental Program Pre K-12
  • Creative Writing On-Line
  • Art Museum Night
  • Costume and Set Design Clubs
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