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Technology @ MBS

At Mission Basilica School, technology is viewed as a vehicle of communication, analysis, and research in the light of Catholic values and moral decision making.  Technology is integrated into each office, classroom, and learning environment within the school community.  Precautions are taken to assure the safety of students, including providing ongoing education of inappropriate and potentially dangerous uses of technology.  Every student and faculty member sign an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) at the beginning of each school year.

Technology Labs

Mission Basilica School is dedicated to enhancing student learning utilizing computer technology. Mission Basilica School continues to maintain a state-of-the-art technology program that supports the Diocese of Orange’s technology curriculum.

Kindergarten Readiness through second grade students learn keyboarding skills and use software and the internet to support their classroom curriculum. The KR-2 Learning Lab consists of 21 computers, an overhead projector, a document camera, and color laser printer. Media and resources from Discovery Education are enjoyed by students and teachers alike.

Students in grades 3rd-8th enjoy visiting the Technology Lab supplied with thirty-seven work stations that are equipped with the internet and software which supports our curriculum. This student learning environment encourages students to learn how to apply technology to their life-long learning adventure. The Technology Lab is equipped with workstations that have tools which engage students in keyboarding practice, word processing, drawing, research, student authoring, developing multi-media assignments, presenting, learning, and sharing talents. Responsible use of technology is continually discussed and practiced. To facilitate teacher and student interaction in learning, this lab also has a SMART board, a scanner, digital cameras, flip video cameras, document camera and a color laser printer. Students attend two forty-five minute technology classes every week, working toward meeting the International Student Technology Standards (ISTE).

In Classrooms

In addition, each classroom has student workstations with a printer enabling students to connect to the Internet, word process assignments, and research information. Each classroom teacher has access to a desktop computer, Hover Cam, projector, and SMART Board for use in classroom instruction, creating lesson plans, reporting grades, communicating with parents, and research. Discovery Education media and resources enrich curriculum in all classrooms.

 

Technology is neither an end in itself nor an add-on; it is not a stand-alone subject at Mission Basilica School. It is a tool for improving, and ultimately, transforming teaching and learning. To accomplish this job, technology must be an integral part of the school’s overall plan to move children toward high academic and Christian standards.