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The One to One Initiative at St. Louis Catholic High School began with Phase I in 2011-2012 in which each teacher received a Fujitsu Lifebook tablet.  Phase II began in 2012-2013 and placed computer tablets in the hands of every student and teacher on campus in order to provide access to the latest technology at all times. During Phase II, professors in the Burton College of Education at McNeese State University conducted research on the success of this program, the first in Southwest Louisiana. In 2013-14, St. Louis Catholic implemented Phase III of the One to One Laptop Initiative, where students ran and operated a Help Desk led by the IT Director and teachers participated in required technology training.

In the classroom setting, students take notes on their tablets, learn how to organize information digitally, collaborate with teachers and classmates, research online and participate in multi-media projects. Teachers are able to offer a more learner-centered environment with differentiated instruction for each student.

Yearly professional development in technology integration continues today in order to use technology in a meaningful way and to stay up-to-date on instructional practices and educational trends. Through this professional learning, 17 of our teachers have earned Microsoft Innovative Educator status and 3 of our teachers were accepted into the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert program.  To learn more about these programs, visit the Microsoft Educator Community.

St. Louis Catholic High School owns and maintains the laptops and provides the necessary software to meet instructional requirements. The expectation is that the computers will be replaced on a four year cycle. The school owns the laptop in order to ensure that there is only one model used by students on campus, to maintain the consistency of software purchased with the appropriate licensing, and to have oversight of student usage. However, students are allowed to use the tablet at home during the evening, weekends, and holidays. Students are asked to follow the SAINT policy regarding school computer use.

Student Programs:

  • The Avenger program is one in which students are tested and trained to help others (students & teachers) use Microsoft’s OneNote application and troubleshoot OneNote.  Students begin as a OneNote Avenger but can move up to become a Tech Avenger, which indicates expertise and leadership with additional technology. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/ONstudentavengers.

  • The CyberPatriot program is a national youth cyber defense education program, and SLCHS has a team of students who work together to solve computer issues and compete against other school teams. For more information, visit https://www.uscyberpatriot.org/

  • The Microsoft Office Specialist Program is offered in the Introduction to Business Computer Applications (IBCA) class. Students are tasked to learn, practice, and optionally certify in two of Microsoft Office Specialists Exams: PowerPoint 2016 and Word 2016.

Obtaining these certifications will prepare students for College and Career opportunities.  The certification will provide official public recognition of an individual’s competencies and capabilities. This also gives the students the tools to:

  • Achieve international industry-recognized certification(s);

  • Proof of having the skills employers are looking for during their time of employment

  • Boost resume

  • Gain experience and confidence

  • Enhance your higher education prospects

In a 2012 study, 22 million students enrolled at U.S. colleges; 72% of educational institutions believe recent graduates are ready to enter the workforce and 42% of employers agree that graduates are ready for jobs. In another national survey done by McKinsey/Manpower, 50% of employers reported that they are unable to fill job openings with qualified workers. For more information go to:https://certiport.pearsonvue.com/Certifications/Microsoft/MTA/Success-stories/Microsoft-Employability-Evidence-Brochure.pdf