How might technology tap your child's potential?
Check out what's happening at St. John the Baptist School in Vermillion!

One of our St. John the Baptist School third graders, Piper, presented her report about Saint Mary Magdalene to her classmates. Notice that she read her notes from a Chromebook computer, while her classmate captured a video of her presentation with another Chromebook computer. The video is included in Piper's digital portfolio of classroom projects, which is shared with her parents. All of our 3rd graders really had fun adding this technology to their saint project.

Our 3rd and 4th graders at St. John the Baptist School learned to design and program a LEGO robot, an introduction to our school's 'maker' program. Working in teams of two or three, students mastered the process to design, build, program, test and optimize their robot. Then, using MINDSTORM software, these students learned the basics of writing a computer program, which they downloaded to their robot and enjoyed watching it perform.

Next up, 5th and 6th graders began the third unit of the school's new "maker" program, Computer Programming (Unit 1 was on robotics, and Unit 2 was on video production). The students used the programming languages Scratch (developed at MIT) and JavaScript to design and develop their own interactive computer games. Game on!  Check out the amazing things happening in schools with "maker" programs by Googling "maker programs."

Thank you, Catholic Schools Center for Excellence and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation for technology investments made to our school!