At St. Louis School, students have access to a variety of technological resources that provide a range of opportunities to conduct research, demonstrate creative and critical thinking, communicate effectively, and work collaboratively in school, after school, and at home. St. Louis is a Cognia STEM-certified school and follows the Archdiocese of Baltimore technology curriculum aligned with the International Society of Educational Technology (ISTE) standards. This curriculum includes but is not limited to basic computer concepts and operations, digital citizenship, creative communication, innovative design, robotics, coding, and 3D printing and design.
SLS is a Google Apps for Education school where Google tools like Google Classroom, Google Meet, Google Drive and GoGuardian are used to organize student and teacher assignments, improve communication, and enable collaboration. Teachers receive ongoing professional development to support the integration of educational technology into the classroom.
Teachers employ a wide range of assistive tools including interactive white boards, MIMIO Teach, Google Classroom, SeeSaw, IXL, Discovery Education, Think Central, Screencastify and more. All St. Louis teachers have multiple technology devices housed within each classroom. These include desktop computers, Chromebooks, iPads, ceiling-mounted projectors, Apple TV, Chromecast. MIMEO and AMX Acendo cameras and sound bars. Additionally, all teachers have the ability to reserve a wide range of STEM devices and tools, such as drones, robots, and 3D printers.
The St. Louis School Library Media Center is equipped with a state of the art video conferencing system including two high definition cameras, desk microphones, and an AMX touchscreen control system. Video conferencing provides students with two-way access to virtual guest speakers and enables direct collaboration with other schools and organizations.
The St. Louis School campus supports a pervasive wireless network that provides high-speed Internet access to faculty, staff and students.
Cognia STEM Certified School
In October 2019 St. Louis School was awarded certification as a STEM School by Cognia formerly known as AdvancED. This award recognizes St. Louis’ continuing commitment to STEM education in all curriculum areas. Cognia (formerly known as AdvancED) accredits primary and secondary schools throughout the United States and internationally and is the accrediting body for Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore Schools.
Technology 2020-2021 school year
St. Louis School has been open for five-day-a-week, in-person instruction since August of 2020 and offers a virtual instruction option for families who opted to keep their children at home during the pandemic. St. Louis uses technology to provide simultaneous instruction to local and remote students. Every classroom in the school is equipped with an AMX Acendo camera/sound system to integrate in-person and virtual instruction through Google Meet. All class work, lessons, videos, presentations, assessments, and content are provided through Google Classroom for in-person and remote learners.
Students in grades 3-8 participate in the SLS BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program, bringing personal devices from home for classroom work. The school provides a Chromebook to any student who needs one during the day. A software package called GoGuardian Teacher monitors proper student activity during the school day.
Students in grades K-2 are provided with iPads and Chromebooks for daily student use and lesson engagement.
Student On-line Safety and Security
St. Louis School makes student online safety a priority using tools that include WatchGuard WebBlocker, Google Apps for Education managed accounts and GoGuardian student monitoring and support.
Students and families sign the Acceptable Use of Technology Policy (AUP) at the beginning of the year.
3D Printing Technology
3D printing technology empowers individuals to create a design and bring it to life as a tangible, physical item. At SLS we know that 3D printing can unlock the creative power of tinkerers and makers, and we are committed to providing our students opportunities to invent, design, and create solutions to challenges that can change lives through 3D printing technology.
Developing 3D design skills incorporating imagination, critical thinking, spatial awareness and the trial-and-error nature of engineering. Our curriculum makes these concepts understandable to the students at the appropriate grade level.
Design and Build