(H) Instructional Technology
Teaching Young Men
Technology is a critical tool in education, and particularly in the contemporary pedagogies for teaching young men. At Notre Dame, we’ve built an Instructional Design and Technology team to integrate current academic technologies with learning theory and instructional methods to deliver our curriculum in a relevant and engaging fashion.
Create seamless classroom integration.
Learning is no longer constrained by classroom walls. It happens at all hours, in any location. Using technology like Chromebooks and E-Backpacks allows students to have every classroom at their fingertips.
At Notre Dame, we have a 1:1 Chromebook initiative, which allows teachers to prepare lessons that are enhanced by technology and extend learning beyond the classroom. In addition, we’ve added GoGuardian, the #1 Chromebook management platform, which helps teachers create custom study, work and testing environments to maximize learning time and minimize distractions.
Enhance student collaboration.
Learning to work together in a group setting is critical for high school students, who will soon join or lead teams in the workplace. In fact, about 75% of employers rate teamwork and collaboration as “very important.”
Applications like Google Docs and Google Classroom support student and faculty collaboration from any location, and make it easy for everyone to participate and add value. In addition, in-classroom technology like Promethean board projectors offer multi-touch interactivity, further enhancing collaboration opportunities.
Promote innovative, creative thinking.
Innovation and creativity are becoming synonymous with leadership. In a recent study, 64% of surveyed CEOs from around the world said that innovation and operational effectiveness are equally important to the success of their companies.
Here at Notre Dame, our FIT (Future Innovation Technology) Lab helps students think outside the box (and the books) by providing them access to 3-D printers, drones for class and club use, and robotics.
With the advent of so many online learning programs and apps, students have the tools they need to succeed at their fingertips.
For example, Notre Dame added Newsela, an academic program designed to strengthen reading comprehension skills through everyday use. Students also use Grammarly, an artificial intelligence program that helps improve writing, and Turnitin.com, a plagiarism prevention platform that allows students to assess written work for originality, syntax and grammatical errors.
Track and motivate progress.
In an age where everything is measured and tracked, we can now make it easy for students to understand their progress and achieve their highest level of success.
Using the Google suite of programs as well as other innovative technology allows each ND student to digitally document his learning and showcase his accomplishments and academic growth over four years. This helps motivate our students to pursue their potential in all areas of academic learning.
Why Chromebooks Over iPads?
Chromebooks are an amazing educational tool. They provide all the benefits of a typical computer at ⅓ the cost; they are designed to support all Google applications; they are easy to maintain; and they are practically immune to becoming out-of-date.
1:1 Chromebook and E-Backpack program allows students to learn beyond the classroom
Future Innovation Technology (FIT) lab includes 3D printers, five drones, a sphere, and robotics.