Villa Maria Academy embraces technology through the concepts of STEM.
The educational technology curriculum educates students to meet challenges with logic and creativity using a variety of technologies. Curricular strands include programming and robotics, design thinking, creative expression, and multimedia communication.
Preparing Students for the Changing Technological Landscape
Villa recognizes the importance of digital citizenship. To be successful in high school, college, and the workplace, our students are taught to use technology for productivity as well as a learning tool. Students learn to use technology in a responsible, safe way. Accredited programs are used in grades K-8 such as Common Sense Media that help students to become aware of creating a positive online presence and copyright laws.
Developing 21st Century Skills
Twenty-first Century Skills are those skills needed by students to meet the challenges of the modern age. Core subjects remain at the heart of these skills, but are taught while also focusing on problem-solving and creative thinking, collaboration, information literacy, and global awareness. Technology is an essential element in implementing a 21st Century-focused curriculum.
Supporting Student-Centered and Project-Based Learning
The use of computers and iPads by each student allows the learner to delve deeper into topics than ever before using online resources and to expand upon textbook content.
Motivating and Embracing our Digital Natives
Today’s students are “digital natives.” They have never known a world without technology. They embrace it, understand it, and are motivated by it. By using the tools with which they are familiar and excited, students are able to channel their energies into other content areas.
Each classroom is equipped with a teacher laptop, a projector, and an interactive SMARTBoard. Our extensive commitment to technology puts our computer to student ratio at 1:1 for the majority of classrooms in the school.
- Early Learning Center – 5 iPads (shared between classrooms)
- Grades K-3 2:1 iPads
- Grades 4-8 – 1:1 iPads
- SMART boards and Projectors in every classroom in the school (ELC-8th grade & AVC rooms)
- Apple TV’s in every classroom
- Computer lab consists of 24 computers
- Library consists of 12 computers
- 6 iMacs for video and image editing in the Computer Lab
- All teachers have a laptop and iPad