In 2010 St. Rose School started a major fundraising effort to bring technology into the classroom to offer additional instructional tools. Over the next four years, those fundraising efforts allowed St. Rose School to purchase a shorthrow project and an interactive whiteboard for grades K-8 classrooms. In addition to those instructional devices, St. Rose School purchased 36 Dell Laptops housed in two mobile carts for use in all grades. The “Computers On Wheels”, (COWS as they are known around campus) gave students the ability to participate in computer instruction in their own classroom.
In 2014, St. Rose School introduced 1:1 devices (Chromebooks) to teachers at all grade levels and students in grades 5, 6, 7 and 8. The Chromebook access allows students to customize their learning experience and maximize their potential. At the same time, St. Rose School upgraded to a cloud-based network, created a Wi-fi enabled campus, and incorporated Apple Ipad’s and Apple TV’s in grades K-8. The classrooms of instruction at all levels has been significantly enhanced. In the 2015-2016 school year, St. Rose School added 1:1 devices for classroom use by grades 3 and 4, and in the 2016-2017 school year, 1:1 devices were added for classroom use in grades 1 and 2.
The expansion of technology over the years has allowed St. Rose School faculty to access innovative tools that compliment and strengthen our academic program and to continue to achieve high academic performance with a 21th century blended learning environment. St. Rose School students can fully utilize technology in classrooms and in all subject areas as needed; this will prepare our students for entry into the expanding technology environment of higher education.