Highlighting the TECHNOLOGY in STEM

By: Dr. Rosemary Davidson. STEM Coordinator
Computer Science Courses
The goal of the Computer Science & Engineering Department, newly created in 2017-2018, is to provide our students with courses that develop the 21st century skills needed in all careers and college majors. The objective for our students is that they will develop an understanding of computers and the design of computers and computational processes. Technology coursework also emphasizes working collaboratively and being capable in handling and manipulating information and then communicating their findings and ideas to others.  
 
Beginning with the Class of 2022, students will be required to earn 1.0 credit in CSE for graduation, with CSE Computer Science Applications being the freshman required course. Computer Science Applications is a reconfiguration of the required freshman Digital Literacy course. It now addresses the eight big ideas of computer science (creativity, abstraction, data and information, algorithms, programming, the internet and global impact and coding).
 
An additional 0.5 credit in CSE is required for graduation. The courses currently offered in the CSE department are shown below. AP Computer Science Principles will be offered next year and plans are being made to add the Digital Photography/Photoshop and Graphic Design courses to the CSE department.

Freshmen          
CSE 1010 Computer Science Applications
CSE 1080 Robotics
 
Sophomores
CSE 1020 Analyzing Big Dat
CSE 1030 Video Production
CSE 1035 Introduction to Coding: HTML
CSE 1040 Introduction to Coding: JAVA
*CSE 1050 AP Computer Science Principles
CSE 1068 Engineering Methods
CSE 1080 Robotics             
 
Juniors
CSE 1020 Analyzing Big Data
CSE 1030 Video Production
CSE 1035 Introduction to Coding: HTML
CSE 1040 Introduction to Coding: JAVA
*CSE 1050 AP Computer Science Principles
CSE 1068 Engineering Methods
CSE 1080 Robotics             
 
Seniors
CSE 1020 Analyzing Big Data
CSE 1030 Video Production
CSE 1035 Introduction to Coding: HTML
CSE 1040 Introduction to Coding: JAVA
*CSE 1050 AP Computer Science Principles
CSE 1066 Engineering and Design Applications
CSE 1068 Engineering Methods
CSE 1080 Robotics

*Offered in 2019-2020
 
Technology Integration in All Academic Areas
In addition to the CSE coursework, technology is used across all disciplines through the use of the Canvas Learning Management System. Faculty members began their training on the new LMS, Canvas, in the spring of 2018, through an online course that was completed before the fall in-service. At the fall in-service, additional training took place on Canvas and on the new gradebook program, PowerSchool.

Our teachers are also integrating technology into their coursework by the use of virtual field trips, peer editing apps, presentation programs such as PowerPoint and Prezi, digital flash cards, and online quiz games.

Latin 2 students use the website Magistrula to practice declining Latin nouns with automatic performance feedback. This website, used by all of our Latin students, was built and is maintained by a female Latin teacher who is proficient in coding, demonstrating how modern STEM skills can benefit the study of ancient languages.  

Latin students also use the game Quizletlive to learn a new set of Latin vocabulary. This game allows students to work collaboratively in small teams to exercise their nascent vocabulary knowledge. Students play the game on their individual smartphones or laptops using a web browser, and the teacher projects the live scoreboard so everyone can see how their teams are doing relative to their competition. Since SJA Latin students started regularly playing Quizletlive, vocabulary retention across all levels has improved.

Students in World Religions virtually explore Varanasi, the City of Light, in India during their unit on Hinduism.

Extracurricular Technology
Technology is a vital part of many of our extracurricular activities also.

Members of St. Joe TV create monthly videos which highlight events taking place in our community and post them for the student body to view. 

The Voice, the newspaper for St. Joseph’s Academy, has moved online. Although paper issues are produced several times a year, staff members create and publish online content for the SJA community. Their latest online features can be found here.

The newly renovated Campus Ministry features a system for telecommunication. Here a retreat for an alumna in Switzerland is being planned using skype. Campus Ministry also uses Helper Helper, an online app, to keep track of student service hours. Helper Helper also posts upcoming service opportunities on the SJA site. Click here for more about Helper Helper.
 
Interested students and parents skyped with Rustic Pathways in Fiji to prepare for the Alternative Spring Break Mission Trip last spring.
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    • Students in the Computer Science Applications course are using code to program their robotic Sphero balls.

    • SJA parent Heather Saliba recently spoke to the freshman Computer Science Applications students about how she uses technology in her role as Assistant Network Supervisor for the Regional Justice System.

    • Students in the web development course, CSE 1035 Introduction to Coding: HTML, are shown here beginning to create their web sites.

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