Montini Catholic High School is excited to announce the implementation of their new Digital Learning Initiative for the 2014-2015 academic school year. The program embraces the writing, thinking and design tools of the digital age, and is the largest expansion of technology in the school's history. "This is certainly an exciting and historic event in our academic program," said President Jim Segredo.
The program involves a 1-to-1 device roll-out and installation of AirServer software in all classrooms which will conveniently allow teachers to mirror the work being done on their iPads directly onto classroom SMART®Boards.
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During the previous school year, Montini embarked on a pilot program with a small group of students. Due to its success, plans were put in place to move forward.
The devices will not be replacing teachers, but will we enhancing the classroom environment by allowing students to develop better study habits and stronger organization skills. Surveys conducted at schools that have already implemented iPad programs have revealed that the vast majority of students believe that they are more productive, their classes are more engaging and that they take better notes while using their iPads. They believe that using an iPad in the classroom has been an overall positive experience.
In addition to lightening the load of heavy backpacks, the use of digital textbooks will open possibilities for content delivery never before possible with a hard copy textbook. Based on anticipated digital textbook adoptions, students will also experience a significant cost savings with digital textbooks.
Montini's Technology Director and instructor, Peter Farina, has been an integral part of the creation and implementation of Montini's Digital Learning Initiative, and is considered to be one of the driving forces behind it. Over the summer, he and his technology team were very busy installing infrastructure upgrades to ensure a seamless transition going into the new school year.
Montini is dedicated to providing students with the skills, tools, and experiences needed to succeed in today's world. Their Digital Learning Initiative will better prepare their students for college and the future beyond.