The traditional view of learning is that learning is a linear process of information transfer and reception, which is facilitated by breaking content into isolated units. New theories of learning, however, are based on the assumption that learners are active agents, purposefully seeking and constructing knowledge within a meaningful context. The integration of information and communications technology into the teaching and learning practices at Our Lady of Lourdes Academy has created a constructivist approach to both. Students not only take ownership for their own learning, but the use of educational technologies yield higher-order thinking strategies, such as creativity and innovation, and tend to result in high levels of student engagement.
The One-to-One iPad Program, at Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, was initiated in August of 2012. Aligned with Common Core Standards, the iPad Program has shifted the academic focus to higher-order thinking, analysis and application. Moreover, the program affords our students the following benefits:
Academically, students have access to real-time information 24/7, making them active learners, as opposed to passive ones. Students get daily, hands-on experience using twenty-first century tools, and are afforded the opportunity to use technology to create imaginative and innovative solutions to problems.
The expenses associated with textbooks and classroom resources have been reduced, since Our Lady of Lourdes Academy provides its students all digital resources.
The use of e-textbooks and resources helps alleviate the textbook load on students, which previously posed health concerns.
As the school aims to teach its students how to protect and preserve the environment, the One-to-One iPad Program, at Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, is another way to maximize the school’s green profile.