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Our Lady of Mercy

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     Our Lady of Mercy Regional Catholic School provides students an integrated computer technology program. The program provides a challenging, comprehensive, and relevant curriculum for each student that fulfills the school’s purpose, strengthens Catholic identity, and results in student achievement. Strategies are developed that will raise the awareness of students regarding ethical and moral issues related to computer technology while at the same time nurturing the development of student expertise.

     Grade level expectations are aligned with the curriculum and challenge the students by encouraging them to work in the zone of proximal development. The guidelines are as follows: social and ethical practices, general computing knowledge, keyboarding, core-curriculum support, project-based learning, graphics, word processing, telecommunications, electronic presentations, database, and spreadsheets. These guidelines are not limitations, but the foundation for a well prepared computer literate student.

     All students in grades 3 to 8 participate in a 1:1 iPad program where students are issued iPads to use in school and at home.

     The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has adopted the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) publication, as its standard. This publication, National Education Technology Standards for Students – Connecting Curriculum and Technology should be used in conjunction with the standards for grades Kindergarten through Grade 8 as a resource. The ISTE web site is The skills presented were derived from Microsoft© MOUS (Microsoft Office User Specialist) certification requirements and ISTE standards. The skills are listed by grade and application.

Technology Foundation Standards for Students

1. Basic operations and concepts

• Students demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature and operation of technology systems.

• Students are proficient in the use of technology.

2. Social, ethical, and human issues

• Students understand the ethical, cultural, and societal issues related to technology.

• Students practice responsible use of technology systems, information, and software.

• Students develop positive attitudes toward technology uses that support lifelong learning, collaboration, personal pursuits, and productivity.

3. Technology productivity tools

• Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.

• Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, prepare publications, and produce              other creative works.

4. Technology communications tools

• Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and other audiences.

• Students use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences.

5. Technology research tools

• Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources.

• Students use technology tools to process data and report results.

• Students evaluate and select new information resources and technological innovations based on the appropriateness for specific tasks.

6. Technology problem-solving and decision-making tools

• Students use technology resources for solving problems and making informed decisions.

• Students employ technology in the development of strategies for solving problems in the real world.