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.