New Catholic HS Touts Tech Savvy Curriculum

8 years 10 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, December 01 2010 Dec 1, 2010 Wednesday, December 01, 2010 12:13:32 PM CST December 01, 2010 in News
COLUMBIA- The commonality of technology is often viewed as troublesome in high school classrooms, but faculty at Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School are set to incorporate it into their curriculum full time.

Principal Kristie Wolfe says they will implement an "aggressive technology program,"  which includes a 1:1 lap top to student ratio.

The lap tops will replace most text books in the curriculum and students will take them to class with them every day.

Students will lease the lap tops from the school, Wolfe says funding for lap tops and e-texts comes from the text book funding originally allotted to the school.

"It actually is more financially feasible to buy lap tops and e-texts," said Wolfe.

Wolfe says this means the school requires a more tech-savvy faculty, which has not yet been staffed.

As for fears of lap tops creating a distraction, Wolfe says issues should be minimal, "Our network will be quite secure," said Wolfe, who also said popular web sites like Facebook will be blocked.

Wolfe says the exact guidelines for lap top usage are still being developed, but says she anticipates strict standards, "we're going to hold [students] to some pretty high standards," said Wolfe.

Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School will open in the Fall of 2011.


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