Technology at St. Paul School
Mr. Stephen Gruzs and Ms. Chris Wilhelm are the technology teachers responsible for introducing all St. Paul School students to technology and computer applications to prepare them for their high school studies. By the end of their 6th grade year, our students are introduced to keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheets and digital presentation programs, such as PowerPoint. St. Paul School students are provided a complete introduction to computers with access to the PC Windows07 and Office2007 software. The school's computer lab includes 36 state-of-the-art laptop PC's connected to both the school's network and the world wide web. Students and teachers use wireless laptop PC’s in the classrooms. All classrooms are equipped with large, interactive screens, called SmartBoards, and ceiling-mounted projectors to display internet lessons and teacher and student work.
Thanks to the efforts of a very involved and dedicated volunteer parent technology group -- and with the generous financial support of PAC -- all thirty classrooms, the media center, administrative offices, and several auxiliary rooms have been connected to a local area network and the web since 1998. St. Paul students are fortunate to have these many technology opportunities available to them, and the students are expected to use these resources responsibly. Each student must sign and agree to the Columbus Diocesan technology acceptable use and school media policies.
If you are interested in assisting the school and the technology program in any regard, please do not hesitate to contact either Mr. Gruzs at SGRUZS@CDEDUCATION.ORG
or Ms. Wilhelm at CWILHELM@CDEDUCATION.ORG
. If you find yourself in the building – near Room 8 (the computer lab) – stop by and see what exciting new technology our students are using everyday.
Suggestions for Responsible Computer Use
Parents may want to “surf the net” to find a site or two to help students understand what you, as a family, might agree to as responsible use of the internet. We would like to recommend the following suggestions for your consideration:
To better monitor your child’s activity, keep the computer in a “family area.”
Discuss the difference between advertising -- or commercial -- content and educational content, and show your child examples of each.
Show your child the difference between sources of information that are credible and those that are not.
Teach your child to never give out personal information about ANYONE in the family.
Encourage your child to tell you – immediately – if they encounter ANY information that makes them uncomfortable.
Lastly, please take a moment and read the Technology Acceptable Use Policy, found on page 16 of the St. Paul School handbook (on the back pages of the school calendar). We encourage you to discuss this with your middle school-age children.