Technology has a great impact on all grade levels at Immaculate Conception School. It is integrated daily into the lessons and activities of our students. All classrooms are equipped with Smart® Boards allowing students to be interactive learners with each other and the world at large. Through the use of educational websites, field trips take place right in the classroom.
Tablets and laptops are available for student use to practice and reinforce many literacy and math skills. Students enjoy using technology as it enhances all content areas. The ability to telecommunicate with schools globally helps to broaden our students' perspectives of others.
Our cutting edge access to technology supports teachers and students in meeting the needs of our Twenty-First Century learners. This includes outfitting each 7th and 8th grade student with a new Chromebook; 30 Apple computers in the Media Center, plus 90 computers and iPads supported on 3 mobile carts, and classroom workstations throughout the campus.
Immaculate Conception School strongly believes in the educational value of electronic services and recognizes their potential to support its curriculum and student learning by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication.
The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was enacted by Congress in 2000 to address concerns about children's access to obscene or harmful content over the Internet. CIPA imposes certain requirements on schools or libraries. In early 2001, the FCC issued rules implementing CIPA and provided updates to those rules in 2011.
Many Schools and libraries that are subject to CIPA certify that they have an Internet safety policy that includes technology protection measures. The protection measures must block or filter Internet access to pictures that are: (a) obscene; (b) child pornography; or (c) harmful to minors (for computers that are accessed by minors).
Schools subject to CIPA have two additional certification requirements: 1) their Internet safety policies must include monitoring the online activities of minors; and 2) as required by the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act, they must provide for educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response.
Schools and libraries subject to CIPA are required to adopt and implement an Internet safety policy addressing: