Improving Catholic School Outcomes Through Technology
The Catholic Schools Foundation (CSF) in association with the Lynch Foundation and Roche Center for Catholic Education at the Lynch School of Education hosted the first Summer Technology Academy on June 27th and 28th. The academy provided professional development on integrating technology and curriculum in order to most effectively teach 21st century students.
Applications for the academy were offered to all Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. Schools nominated a team of three teachers and were asked to detail the challenges seen in integrating technology into the classroom. Over thirty schools and over one hundred teachers will be participating in the Academy to be held at The Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education at the Boston College Lynch School of Education, June 27-28. The participants were given iPads and received initial training from Apple Computer.
“Effective Catholic schools for the 21st century prepare students to become expert users of technology, able to create, publish, and critique digital products that reflect their understanding of content and skills. The Roche Center for Catholic Education and Boston College are committed to providing Catholic school faculty the opportunities to engage in quality professional development that will intentionally address diverse instructional options, and lead to success for all students across Boston, the state, and the nation,” said Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill, Executive Director of the Roche Center for Catholic Education. “This conference adds to the rich variety of professional development opportunities that the Lynch School of Education offers to enhance the learning experience of youth while advancing the skill sets of teachers and school administrators. This conference directly answers the call for K-8 instructors who are equipped to harness the power of digital technologies to meet and exceed modern learning standards.”
Mike Reardon, Executive Director of the Catholic Schools Foundation/Inner City Scholarship Fund commented, “We are very excited about the possibilities for this Academy, and hope it will be the start of an annual dialogue about Catholic schools and the 21st century learner.”
Over 34 Catholic schools participated in the conference which included 8 interactive workshops and two keynotes addresses delivered by Dr. Michael Barnett, Associate Professor, Lynch School of Education, Boston College and Dr. Eric Mazur, Area Dean of Applied Physics & Balkanski Professor of Physics and of Applied Physics at Harvard University. Visit the Catholic Schools Summer Technology day website for more information.