Computer technology is everywhere! In this day and age, our children are the “Digital Natives” while WE are the “Digital Immigrants”. Although that’s not going to change, the Computer curriculum at SLKF strives to harness the students’ aptitude and put it to use while incorporating the basic concepts of technology and computers.
One hundred and fifty computers have been placed in the classrooms, library, computer lab, faculty lounge, and administrative offices ensuring that teachers and students have significant access to technology.
The computer lab is equipped with twenty-six Apple iMac computers for students use with a full-time computer teacher. Students also have at their disposal access to seventy-five Apple Macbooks found in laptop carts. All students in grades kindergarten through seventh grade are scheduled once a rotation for computer class. They are instructed in computer literacy, introduction to the Internet, keyboarding skills, Internet safety, office applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel & Power Point, digital photography, podcasting and audio/video recording. Students use both desktop and laptop computers for research and projects throughout their entire curriculum.
All teachers have been in-serviced on basic computer skills, Internet usage for research, and technology that has been implemented in classrooms. Students are encouraged to use word processing for assignments and presentation software for their presentations.
Many other types of educational media equipment are readily available to teachers and students. Televisions, VCR and DVD players, projectors, Smartboards™, SmartTable™, overhead calculators, video iPods, digital cameras, video cameras, flash drives and a collection of educational software titles are in the classrooms or housed in the computer lab, library and laptops for use.
Grades at SLKF School are generated using online grade books. Progress reports and report cards for the first through seventh grade are distributed electronically. All school database, attendance, discipline, reporting, and billing records are recorded and monitored by software designed specifically for this purpose. Updated information can easily be accessed by teachers, students and parents from the school website and Edline© pages.
Alumni, parents, and students can access the school website at www.slkfschool.com or on PlusPortals at https://www.plusportals.com/SaintLouisKing to obtain information about upcoming events, schedules, extracurricular activities and lunch menus. Our PlusPortals site includes individual webpages for teachers and their classes, which enable students to view homework, grades and download assignments, handouts, as well as any other information necessary from home.
All office record keeping is done via a database that has been specifically designed for the school’s needs. All records can be accessed via the Internet. This has resulted in more efficient and effective management for all concerned.