St. Eds gets new tech
By Jamie Anfenson-Comeau
It’s a high-tech world nowadays, and St. Edmund is working to keep pace with several technological additions to the classroom.
In addition, the school’s capital campaign, raising funds for a new gymnasium, classrooms and enlarging the school’s endowment, is now almost 75 percent complete, according to Developmental Director Aimee Summerlin, having raised 1.46 million of the 2 million-dollar goal.
Summerlin said that a Classroom-Based Technology Funding grant from the state has allowed the school to computerize its kindergarten and first grade classrooms.
Each classroom will consist of one “pod”, the teacher’s main computer, along with seven workstations.
Gone are the days of the overhead projector - each classroom will have a Promethean Board, which will display the teacher’s computer, and can be controlled by a small pointer.
Each desk will also have a small keypad, allowing the students to answer multiple-choice questions, with the results going directly to the teacher.
First-grade teacher Lori Moosa said that it will allow her to look at all the students’ responses as a graph, or to look at individual students’ responses.
In return for the grant, Moosa said, the class will have to use the technology to do several projects over the course of the school year.
For the older students, the two computer labs have been consolidated, and the older computers have been weeded out, so that none are more than a couple years old.
The room has been rewired and the computer desks have been aligned so as to optimize the teacher’s ability to supervise students.
“We’re really excited to be able to bring all of this technology into our classrooms; it’s a pretty big deal for us,” Summerlin said.