Northside Catholic School : Technology at Northside Catholic

Technology at Northside Catholic

Northside Catholic School offers students the following in hardware and web-based programming:

1st Grade- KINDLES

Kindles benefit students a couple different ways. For instance, vocabulary is one area. By improving vocabulary, students will hopefully improve their reading comprehension skills and understand more difficult texts.  With a Kindle, students will be able to put the cursor on a word they do not know and the definition will pop up on the screen. With Kindles, students will be more engaged in the reading. Research has shown that engaged students are the students that learn the most. Benefits include providing students with more approved children books electronically than is practical in print, reducing photocopying, relieving the unhealthy weight of student backpacks.

Kindergarten -2nd Grade

Lets's Go Learn: Students in these grades participate in a web-based program "Let's Go Learn".This licensed program provides students with foundational English Language Arts instruction at the K to 2nd grade level. After completing a DORA (Diagnostic Online Reading ), each student is assigned a customized 60-lesson course.

3rd - 8th Grade

IXL-  is a web-based program that targets MATH for all grades 3 -8. The math problems have a wide variety of question types, from word problems to interactive graphing.

6th-8th Grade

Criterion Writing: The Criterion ® Online Writing Evaluation Service is a web-based instructor-led writing tool that helps students plan, write and revise their essays. It gives them immediate diagnostic feedback and more opportunities to practice writing at their own pace. The Criterion service gives teachers and principal a comprehensive writing solution to help improve student outcomes by freeing up valuable classroom time to concentrate on higher level writing skills and areas of improvement.

Other technologies used in the classroom:

Teachers utilized Smartboards and Document Camera's for interactive instruction for their students.

Other web-based programs for primary students include: