Top High Schools embrace tech in classrooms
by Mark Garzon
Oct 04, 2017 | 273 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Students at St. Agnes use Chromebooks to work collaboratively, take notes, access assignments, communicate with teachers and peers, and store their files.
Students at St. Agnes use Chromebooks to work collaboratively, take notes, access assignments, communicate with teachers and peers, and store their files.
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The city's top high schools are implementing technology into their curriculum to connect students to more resources and increase their future career opportunities.

Philip Mercaldi, director of Information Systems at The Mary Louis Academy (TMLA), said the use of technology has changed how its students approach their work.

"It's opened up the world of the Internet," he said.

Mercaldi explained the use of iPads has expanded the availability of informative resources and made students more organized, which has aided them in their school work.

This has been further enhanced by the recent installation of 41 interactive flat panels known as TRIUMPH boards.

Mercaldi said this tool allows teachers to interact directly with their students through their iPads during lessons.

In addition, TMLA features a Bring Your Own Technology program that allows students to bring their own technology to school.

However, students aren't the only ones who have benefited from the use of technology at TMLA.

According to Mercaldi, parents are also connected to the school through the use of a web-based portal known as Edeline. This program allows parents to communicate with teachers more easily and keep track of their daughter's courses.

St. Agnes Academic High School in College Point has also incorporated technology into their student’s learning environment.

“The adaptation has been pretty seamless,” said Keri-Ann Wade-Donohue, assistant principal for Strategic Planning at St. Agnes.

According to Wade-Donohue, the school currently uses programs such as Google Classroom, Google Apps for Education, EverFi, and Edeline. Students have also received a Chromebook that is leased until graduation and becomes theirs to own afterwards.

She said the use of this technology collectively has provided its students with a wide range of preparation for college majors such as journalism, communications, media arts, and constitutional law.

Wade-Donohue said students are well-versed in their school's technology. However, she explained it is important to ensure how it is being used in the classroom as the school looks into more additions in the future.

"It takes a lot of balancing," she said.
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