The Academy of Our Lady of Peace has seen major advancements in the available technology throughout the school campus. We are very grateful for the generous donations, the NJ State grants and the many hours of volunteers from our school and parish community in helping us reach our technology advancement goals.
The Academy’s technology teacher participates in multiple professional development workshops throughout the year hosted by the Director of Technology for the Archdiocese of Newark. The newly adopted technology curriculum from these workshops will be implemented in the technology lab and in the students’ everyday experiences in the classroom.
- Our entire campus network allows for shared printer services, shared files, wireless access, and access to a high-speed Internet connection. This network is protected by a state-of-the-art firewall and Internet-content filtering program.
- Grades Pre-K4 to 8 visit the computer lab once a week for a full period of computer instruction for the entire school year. Office tools, programming languages, drawing programs, typing skills, computer architecture, terminology, Cyber Safety, and the appropriate use of Internet communication and search mechanisms are a sampling of what our students learn in their technology lessons.
- All of our students and faculty/staff must sign an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) form, which states the rules and regulations of using the school’s network. Also, students who are part of the Google for Education learning environment have to read and sign a Technology Code of Conduct form that explains their responsibilities as a digital student.
- We have interactive whiteboard technology in the classrooms so that our teachers can integrate technology into daily lessons and our students have fun in the process.
- In addition to our network and SMART technology, we have over 200 desktops, laptops, iPads and Chromebooks.
- The school’s computer lab is equipped with 20+ instructional computers.
- We also make use of digital cameras, webcams, and document cameras.
- Our students learn how to design 3D objects online and then print them on our MakerBot 3D printer in the lab. This is a great way to enhance their understanding of how technology can help them innovate and solve real-world problems.
- We also have an array of Sphero robots. They are controlled via Bluetooth with apps installed on the iPads.
- Our students also have hands-on experience using several student kits from various educational companies that are part of our STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, and Math) curriculum. These activities and challenges add a higher level of problem-solving and innovation to better prepare our students for the challenges they will meet in their future education and employment.
- Finally, we have a hydroponics tower and garden whereby students grow fruits and vegetables without soil.