Technology

Computer LabSaints Peter & Paul Elementary is a 1:1 student device school . All students in grades 3-8 utilize a Chromebook. In grades PreK 3 to 2nd grade, students have access to Android Tablets and a fully equipped computer lab.  All new text and instructional materials have online components. Google Classroom and applications are used across all content areas to assist with differentiation, accessibility, and to meet the unique needs of 21st century learners.


Enhanced technology integration efforts have also improved access to and effective utilization of data for remediation, intervention, and acceleration. The school has transitioned to a new Learning Management System (LMS) - Unified Classroom. This tool has provided a more interactive learning experience for students, increased involvement and communication between parents and school, maximized accessibility and accountability for our community of learners, and serves as an avenue for additional student data for both educators and families. Further, the school has transitioned from an ineffective summative style of evaluating students to formative benchmark testing through the use of Renaissance STARS 360. Students are now assessed four times per year, providing teachers and parents with immediate results aligned to state standards, which give a comprehensive picture of strengths and weaknesses. Faculty swiftly and efficiently identify areas of student deficiencies, providing early intervention in order to master skills and reach proficiency. STARS has proven to be another tool that provides instant data, but also serves as a means for transparency and open dialogue between parents and teachers.


In order to meet the diverse learning needs of our student population, there is both a Reading and Math Specialist. Furthermore, a Student Data and Technologist has been added to provide educators with effective instructional tools for differentiation as well as assistance in analyzing student data and reports. This employee provides professional development that is relevant and practical to the immediate needs of the learning community. The Student Data and Technologist also trains parents and students to maximize their usage and comfort level with various innovative platforms.


Saints Peter & Paul Elementary School has a unique technology department that offers both technology basics and applications. This includes 3D printing as well as Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a STEM based hands-on curriculum, to students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade. Our technology applications is an activities-oriented program designed to challenge and engage the natural curiosity and imagination of all students. In our basics program, students study terms, concepts, and data input strategies so that they can learn to make informed decisions about various technologies and their functions. Our students receive one trimester of the following PLTW programs and courses:

LAUNCH
- students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade engage in critical and creative thinking, build teamwork skills, and develop a passion for and confidence in STEM subjects.

The following modules are offered to SSPPES students:

  • Kindergarten - Structure and Function: Exploring Design
  • Grade 1- Animated Storytelling
  • Grade 2- Grids and Games (computer programming)
  • Grade 3- Programming Patterns (video gaming)
  • Grade 4- Input/Output: The Human Brain
  • Grade 5- Infection Detection

GATEWAY - The first course in the Gateway program is Design and Modeling, which is offered to our students who are in grades 6-8. Students discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They are then challenged and empowered to use and apply what they have learned throughout the unit to design a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy.