Event today showcases Notre Dame technology for area Catholic schools

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A special event today hosted by Notre Dame’s IT group is demonstrating how the school is integrating technology into its day-to-day curricula for other Catholic schools in the area.

According to Eden Konja, who is director of information and academic technology for NDPMA, the “Microsoft Showcase Event,” jointly sponsored by Microsoft and Notre Dame, will consist of an overview of the school’s 1-to-1 program, a tour of the school and a special student technology panel, which will conduct a Q&A afterward for those attending.

Last year, NDPMA was named a Microsoft Associate Showcase School, a designation that earned it global-scale recognition as an innovative school with a “strong leadership vision for change.” Konla noted that Notre Dame was updgarded this year to be a fully authorized Microsoft Showcase School.

“Technology is always moving quickly and we should be open to learning and understanding its use in our school,” said Konja when the school announced its “Showcase” designation.

Jennifer Draper, who is a Microsoft business specialist and will be on hand today for the event, said today's gathering will be the first of what she hopes will be an ongoing series of events highlighting what Notre Dame has been able to accomplish with technology. 

She also said NDPMA has been well out in front of its peers in integrating tech into the classroom.

“Notre Dame is by far a leader in the 1:1 technology arena, and that they are so open and willing to share with local schools is a testament to them putting children and learning first,” she said.

“The agenda today is going to be fairly organic,” Draper added. “We are convening with the participating schools first, do a round of intros and ask what people are hoping to accomplish using technology at their respective schools. Then Eden and his team will give an overview of their path the past two years with Microsoft.”

Draper also said that the school has been unusually active in getting just the right technology into students’ hands.

“Notre Dame and Eden in particular have been very thoughtful and engaged partners,” she said. “Our goal is to provide the highest level of service and training to Notre Dame, and we see that same level of dedication and interest observing how Eden and his team interact with their clients, the faculty, staff, students and families of Notre Dame.”

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About Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy

Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. The school's upper division enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower divisions enroll students in jr. kindergarten through grade eight. All three divisions are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." The Marist Fathers and Brothers sponsor NDPMA's Catholic identity and manages its educational program. Notre Dame is accredited by the National Association of Independent Schools, the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school's home page at www.ndpma.org.

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