The focus of Lacordaire Academy's computer curriculum is to ensure our students are well informed in regards to the current climate of the technological world.
The faculty is committed to guiding the excitement of the young learners by teaching them how to best use technology as an educational resource, sometimes through cross-curricular activities. Students will be familiar with multiple operating systems and applications but also be educated on creating and storing documents, literary formatting including MLA, APA and Chicago, and other educational opportunities that the web has to offer. Our goal is that our students move on to high school and college with a knowledge base that will continue to grow. The only constant thing about technology is change and a Lacordaire Student can adapt and thrive.
Director of Information Technology
Students are currently being trained in the use of Google Apps for Education. This infrastructure has been adopted by many top colleges and universities not just around the country, but all over the world. The set up includes web based applications for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and more.
Students and faculty are provided with a managed account* under Lacordaire.net which serves as the user account for web apps, email, calendars and 30 gigabites of cloud-based storage under the Google Drive. This increases compatibility with Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems and almost guarentees that whatever the user creates is not only auto-saved every couple of keystrokes, but it can be pulled up on any computer, tablet, or smartphone. Students are encouraged to customize their own calendar and develop their own organizational system complete with notes and reminders to ensure they stay on top of their work.
The reconfigured computer lab in Lacordaire Hall serves as the location for our interactive French program, pioneered by Jocelyn Altholz.
French students use the lab for listening exercises, recording activities, and live document sharing and editing. Mrs. Altholz has her students "share" their notes with her through Google Docs so she can check them for spelling and grammatical errors and make comments and corrections.
(Above) Students in computer class participate in a "race against the clock" web search activity. These ladies are always ready for a photo op!
Juniors and Seniors in the elective Computer Graphics class got the oppurtunity to try out new Google Chrome books. In this picture they are doing a demo of Google Hangout, an application that allows multiple users to video chat simultaneously.