Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy ranked #1 by niche.com as the Best Catholic High School in Michigan and #65 Nationally in 2018. The school experience has been rewarding to students, parents, faculty and staff. To move forward, the school experience must include the best use of technology to work alongside the learning environment to advance the mission of the school. This will ensure the continued success of the school by enhancing the classroom experience for the students and teachers.
In alignment with Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy’s mission, we are committed to aiding our students to properly use technology as an instrument to grow their faith, achieve their academic potential, and to become upright digital citizens.
Technology is an important piece of enriching, engaging, and enhancing the learning process that creates an exceptional instructional experience for each student. Students have exhibited information literacy and the ability to collaborate using various technology tools. They become more engaged in their learning and will graduate better prepared with technology skills needed for success in a digital world.
“Technology can be a powerful tool for transforming learning. It can help affirm and advance relationships between educators and students, reinvent our approaches to learning and collaboration, shrink long-standing equity and accessibility gaps, and adapt learning experiences to meet the needs of all learners.” – 2017 National Education Technology Plan.
Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy has a 1:1 device program providing each student with their own computer tablet. Our parent community is in support of the 1:1 device program. 93% of the NDPMA Parent Community in a recent survey cited in favor of the 1:1 device program (Image Source: Microsoft in Business Team, 2017). In addition, Our faculty (89%) feel that they have sufficient technology tools available to allow them to teach both efficiently and effectively. Faculty also believe that the school has a wide variety of digital tools available to students.
Providing mobile technology to each student and faculty allows for anytime, anywhere access to dynamic and rich educational resources. This also builds 21st century skills that promotes creativity, collaboration, communication, and the use of critical thinking skills empowered by technology. Additionally, it allows for personalized and self-direct learning, which encourages differentiation of instruction and independent discovery.
In a 2018 external assessment conducted on NDPMA Academic Technology. The assessment found that NDPMA is approaching or meeting ISTE Essential Conditions. These conditions are indicators of how well schools leverage technology for learning. In the chart provided below, NDPMA overall is doing very well. With the 1:1 device program and leveraging technology for learning, NDPMA has shown a clear commitment to provide technology tools that align with the schools mission and strategic plans.