On Thursday morning, Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School and St. Kateri Catholic Academy made an exciting announcement regarding technology for the 2017-2018 school year.

Fr. Eric Schild, President of the school, stated, “We are excited to announce that beginning next school year, every student at Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School and St. Kateri Catholic Academy will have a dedicated device to aid in their learning. This will make us, to our knowledge, the first school in Northwest Ohio to roll out a 1:1 program for PreK through 12th grade.”

Beginning next school year, students Pre-Kindergarten through 3rd grade will have their own iPad for learning. Subsequently, grades 4 and 5 will be using Macbook Air laptop computers, with grades 6 through 12 moving to Google Chromebooks. Director of Technology, Tom Trease ’11, said about the switch to Chromebooks, “During this past school year we began evaluating our 1:1 device in our High school and decided that the iPad was not the best device for all of our students. We needed a better all around general education device, that’s where the Chromebooks come in. Also, with the transition to a Google based campus, the Chromebook is the perfect device to allow seamless communication between teacher and student with everything from school assignments to calendars to permission slips.” 

So why is it important for students to have their own device? Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School and St. Kateri Catholic Academy wants all of its students to excel beyond what a traditional classroom looks like. Principal Kevin Parkins said, “We know bricks and mortar is the backbone of who we are as a school. For us this technology allows us to extend beyond the bell at the end of the day.” He continued, “This is not just about giving more computers to kids or having them have more internet access. It’s about using it in appropriate ways, but also realizing that teamwork, collaboration, problem solving, creativity are all equally important. Or maybe even more important than ever before.” These new devices will be paid for through ASP (Auxiliary Services Program) state funding. 

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