1:1 technology program
“Do not confine your children to your own learning for they were born in another time."- Hebrew Proverb
CKS was the first non-public school in Lexington to adopt a 1:1 iPad program for its Middle School in the 2012-13 school year. Additionally, a fleet of iPads was distributed among all classrooms, from PreK to 5th.
In 2019, with the faculty's increasing use of Google Classroom and other GSuite-related tools, we transitioned to Chromebooks in Middle School. In addition to a cost savings over doing an iPad refresh, the touchscreen Chromebooks have provided flexibility to students, and have led to improved writing and keyboarding skills. The transition to Chromebooks freed up the newer fleet of Middle School iPads, allowing for a 1:1 iPad ratio from 5th all the way down to 2nd grade.
Educational technology is a valuable tool in today's classrooms. It allows us to learn or do things in a way that is simply better than was possible in the past. When a student can get immediate feedback on his or her work, when teachers and students can interact digitally in a learning management system, and when new, age-appropriate tools are at our disposal, we can say that the learning environment is not just different, but better.
Sixth-grade students attend a Sixth Grade Bootcamp before the school year. At this session, and in the early weeks of school, they learn what it means to be good, Catholic digital citizens who must earn a "digital driver's license" before receiving an Chromebook. These lessons are then reinforced and reintroduced throughout Middle School.