New year brings new tech for St. John Brebeuf students

Every student will have access to their own Nexus 7 or Chromebook tablet

Submitted Photo. Students, teachers and administrators are ready for the new school year to begin at St. John Brebeuf.

Submitted Photo.
Students, teachers and administrators are ready for the new school year to begin at St. John Brebeuf.

Second-year principal Elise Matson said the 2015-16 school year will be a particularly exciting time at St. John Brebeuf School.

That’s because the school is launching a One-toOne program that will provide every student access to their own Nexus 7 or Chromebook tablet. Matson explained that last year the school had only 60 Nexus 7 units and 60 Chromebooks, which meant teachers had to sign out the devices.  But thanks to funds raised over several years during the annual St. John Brebeuf Gala and a $50 per child technology fee, Matson said every student will now have his or her own device. Grades kindergarten through second will use Nexus 7 tablets and older grades will use Chromebooks.

“We are all excited about the increased ability to help students develop the 21st century technology skills they will need,” Matson said.

Additionally, SJB will have a new science program, called Science Fusion, after more than 12 years on its previous program. Matson said the new series is for grades K-8 and among the latest available. It will include classroom and online components, which she said students are very excited about.

Matson noted that the school has finished the installation of Wi-Fi throughout the building and completed infrastructure upgrades to support the new Chromebook and Nexus 7 tablets.

“Everyone is looking forward to a great year of working with our updated technology and science program,” she said.

In 2014, SJB piloted using Google-based devices with students and teachers. All students and teachers in grades K-3 had an opportunity to work with Nexus 7 tablets, and fourth- through eighth-grade students worked with Chromebooks. Teachers and administrators took special classes.

Assistant principal Adam Taylor led teachers’ professional development, according to the school, helping each of them integrate technology in their classroom.

The 2015-16 school year is scheduled to begin Aug. 24 with an 8:15 a.m. start time. That evening, Matson and some parish organizations will also provide updates during the Back to School Night event, which provides students and parents the opportunity to visit teachers in their classrooms.

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