2018-2019 Student Technology Plan
During the 2012-2013 school year, we formed a Malden Catholic Academic Technology Task Force to help shape a roadmap for creating the 21st Century Classroom where technology would be more fully integrated into the entire learning process.
Malden Catholic was then pleased to announce for the 2013-2014 school year the iPad initiative as part of a strategic plan to transition to a digital curriculum. We have been pleased in the five years since then to have seen tremendous growth in our School’s technology capacity.
Technology is now a regular support to the classroom experience; many texts are electronic; the entire wireless and wired networks were upgraded this past summer to provide student mobile learning devices with faster network and Internet connectivity. Seventy-five new high speed 802.11 ac wireless access points provide uninterrupted wireless access throughout the entire school. Teachers routinely use a wide variety of digital resources.
Our goal through these years has been to create a robust technology support environment so that we could make the best possible technology options available to our students for their college preparation. That goal continues!
Our most recent survey of the college landscape and our experience of the last few years suggest that a computer laptop would be the most effective device for our classroom use. By far this seems to be the tool that college students will be using for their academic digital activities. Other options, such as Chromebooks and iPads, continue, of course, to offer many attractive features, but with college preparation as a driving factor, we will opt for laptop computing.
For the 2018-2019 school year, all incoming freshmen, Boys and Girls, may bring a computing device of choice. We very strongly encourage, however -- and in most cases will expect for freshmen – the use of a laptop. Freshmen without a laptop might not have easy access to some of our projected uses, printing capabilities, and software.
Returning sophomores, juniors, and seniors will continue to use the iPads they currently own. They may also to bring a laptop as a supplemental device. We have noticed that students who have keyboards with their iPads have found that keyboard function a value in the classroom.