Technology courses are essential to every Catholic school curriculum. In fact, technology is required to be integrated throughout each course of study from Mathematics to Religion. The use of technology in the 21st century is integral to preparing students for college and career success. Technology courses in Catholic schools cover a variety of lessons including Research and Information Fluency, Digital Citizenship, Creativity and Innovation, Communication and Collaboration. All of these units are taught and influenced by the lens of Catholic identity and the dignity of all humankind.
Our Lady of Victory School is excited to announce the installation of a 3D printer in February.
In addition to the core technology integrated curriculum, 3D printing has been added as an activity to enhance instruction throughout many of the schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
On May 5, 2015, Archbishop William E. Lori held a press conference to announce an exciting new initiative that seeks to put a 3D printer in every Archdiocesan school. The initiative is made possible due to support from the Embracing Our Mission ~ Shaping Our Future capital campaign, a generous donation by Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Croteau, and our technology and curriculum partners, 3D Systems and STEAMTrax.
3D printing is considered a “game-changer” for schools, as they provide children with unparalleled access to innovative technology used by engineers, astronauts on the International Space Station, and medical professionals and scientists.
How Technology in Our Catholic Schools Help Our Students Grow.
Our Lady of Victory School students will have access to this same technology and a curriculum that allows our students to become more ready every day for future discoveries and advances we have yet envisioned.
At OLV the following technology is currently available to students:
- Wireless Internet Access
- 200 megabyte Comcast Internet Connection
- Fiber optic backbone between church and school
- Multimedia Computer Lab with 28 Lenovo work stations
- Ceiling-mounted LCD projectors in each classroom
In the Technology Lab:
- 1 work station dedicated to 3D printing
- 14 Lego NXT Robotics Kits
- 4 Lego EV3 Robotics Kits
- $3,000 worth of legos obtained from a grant from Lego Education
- 3 computer controlled mini drones with still photo capability
- 12 Sphero Robots- allows students to play, learn, and explore
- 12 Ozobots
- 8 Owi Robotic Arm Edge Kits (robot arms) with USB controllers
- 1 HP Large Format 36" printer
- 1 HP Laserjet BW printer
- 4 Arduino micro controller kits with basic electronic components
All OLV classrooms utilize SMART Boards. Smart Boards create an interactive teaching and learning environment. Children like to learn in many different ways.
Mobile Laptop Lab
Our Lady of Victory Catholic School houses a mobile laptop lab containing 33 Lenox Laptops. This lab is available for use by students in grades 3-8 for research, writing, and the creation of presentations.
Our Lady of Victory Catholic School students in grades PreK 3-8 participate in formal technology classes once a week for 50 minutes. During these class times, students are exposed to the curriculum as prescribed by the Archdiocese of Baltimore's Course of Study. Students learn the technical skills necessary to achieve integration of technology in order to prepare them for high school and college. These are critical skills that will be required in this demanding and constantly changing technical environment.
Our Lady of Victory Catholic School teachers use Pearson's PowerSchool, an electronic grade book. Because this is an Internet based program, grade 3-8 parents/guardians and students have access to students' grades. This allows for effective communication among the teachers, parents/guardians, and students.