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St. Joachim is a One to One School
As of 2013, every student at St. Joachim School has a personal device. In Kindergarten- 2nd grades, students have iPads, in grades 3-7 students are using Chromebooks and in grade 8, students have MacBook Airs. The devices are the portals through which students can access the abundant online resources that the school provides. Some resources are adaptive and allow students to progress at their own pace and learn the skills that they need to be successful. These programs include Dreambox for math, IXL Grammar, and Raz Kids reading for primary grades. In addition the school has online resources such as Achieve 3000, a reading program that helps students to grow in their lexile levels, develop critical thinking skills and work towards college and career readiness. St. Joachim has online textbooks for 6-8 readings- HMH Collections, and 6-8 grade Math (Go Math) and 6-8 science (eScience) In addition, the math program offers online resources and support for students working at home in all grades. The many resources that we have support student learning and provide instant data and feedback to teachers and parents that allows the school to best meet the individual needs of all students.
One to One Laptop Program
In 2007, St. Joachim became the first elementary school in the diocese of Oakland to implement a “One to One” laptop program which provided each 8th grader with a MacBook to use at school and take home. The program was created to meet the needs of students who are “digital natives” and growing up in an ever increasing technological world. The intention of giving students 24/7 access to information and technology is that they develop the skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century. Currently, all students in grades 6th and 7th have Chromebooks and students in 8th grade have a Macbook for use in school AND at home.
Through technology, students will be able to collaborate with each other to solve problems. Students learn from each other and together produce a higher quality of work.
Laptops allow students to dig deeper into a topic. Internet and online resources give student the opportunity to find information that is above and beyond what they could find in a text book. Students develop critical thinking skills and the ability to filter information.
Instruction that meets needs of all learners
Laptops give students access to a variety of multimedia resources, including video and interactive programs that appeal to the different learning styles. Students who need extra help or those who want to exceed requirements have the resources available to allow them to do this.
Benefits of the One to One Program: