St. Martin's Episcopal School strives to seamlessly integrate technology into the learning process. St. Martin’s utilizes their unique position in the greater New Orleans area to provide a seamless computer science curriculum from the start in Lower School to finish with graduation in the Upper School. Students work with collaborative tools to aid them in throughout St. Martin’s and beyond in their college careers.
We believe that students are more prepared for their 21st century futures if they have engaged with a technology curriculum that is relevant to the current and future lives of its students.
We believe that the 100% compliance with the LADOE Digital Literacy Guide identifies only the acceptable minimums expected from a NOLA private school education.
We believe students should be allowed, if not encouraged to utilize available computer science and edtech resources in the completion of tasks, labs, and projects in both core and elective classes.
How St. Martin's will accomplish its vision:
Collaborative curriculum building involving like-minded local and regional CS teachers.
Members of the EdTech Team are available to all faculty for curriculum planning and in the classroom edtech support.
What St. Martin's is focused on achieving for our students:
StM students and graduates should be eager to contribute, safe to participate, and confidently qualified for careers and life in an increasingly digital global community.
Through the use of it’s Steam Lab and Computer Lab, students begin their journey into technology. Coding concepts are introduced with hands-on, concrete exercises beginning in PK and are further developed through Code.Org and programmable robots in higher grade levels. Design concepts are explored through Tinkercad and SketchUp as students learn how to take their ideas from paper, to CAD software, to 3D printed objects. Students also become proficient at using various iPad apps, including iMovie for video, audio and green screen production in Lower School.
All Lower School students are taught basic computer operations, including keyboarding skills, as early as Kindergarten. Students are introduced to word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation tools to enhance their curricular projects and assignments. We have chosen to use online tools, such as Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, to foster the collaborative process. Students are introduced to a number of different devices and operating systems including Windows, iPads, Chromebooks, and more.
Starting in 4th grade, students are supplied Chromebooks in a 1:1 program.
Students continue their progression into coding and mastery of the Google Suite of applications within the Middle School’s 1:1 Chromebook environment. The more challenging Code.Org lessons are now the foundation of the Middle School curriculum with advanced progression using a number of other edtech software development tools such as Google CS First, Khan Academy, and Code Combat. All 5th and 6th grade student get a taste of computer science through their core science class; 7th and 8th graders can choose to continue their progress with various club and elective offerings.
Middle Schoolers are provided Chromebooks as part of a 1:1 program.
Three primary courses are offered in the Upper School with Computer Science (programming), Computer Systems and Networking, and Independent Study in Computer Applications. In the former, students learn the basics of how computers operate followed by how they communicate with one another. The latter is a project-centered course where students work toward a project to better their community or choose a self-motivated goal while also assisting the tech department with day-to-day repairs and maintenance.
Similar to most college environments, Upper School is a “bring your own device” laptop program allowing students to work with a device they are comfortable to achieve their goals.