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Technology

BSM Selected Again as an Apple Distinguished School for 2013-2015

BSM is pleased to announce that it has again been selected as an Apple Distinguished School for 2013-2015, for its transformative one-to-one laptop program using Apple technology. Apple’s One-to-One Program (1:1 laptop program) promotes our vision, supports our mission, and enhances our students’ successes in the classroom and beyond. Presented with the award first in 2012-2013, BSM again proves worthy of the award.  Read more.

 

Overview  |  Apple Distinguished School  |  1:1 Laptop Program  |  Faculty & Technology

 

Overview
Benilde-St. Margaret's (BSM) is a dynamic
 Catholic learning community that offers a challenging college preparatory curriculum and a uniquely caring experience. Our mission is to educate leaders for a global society.

At BSM, our vision is to be the school of choice—in the Twin Cities, in Minnesota, and beyond.

BSM introduced Apple’s one-to-one program in the junior high in 2006, and the senior high launched its one-to-one program in 2010. Currently, more than 1,180 students and more than 90 teachers benefit from opportunities to research and solve problems, to innovate and collaborate, and to create and communicate, made possible through technology.

Apple’s one-to-one program promotes our vision, supports our mission, and enhances our students’ successes in the classroom, in the community, and on the athletic fields.

Read more about the importance of technology by checking out the National Education Technology Standards and the International Society for Technology in Education.

Apple Distinguished School
Benilde-St. Margaret's School has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence. View our Apple Distinguished School Profile.

1:1 laptop Program
This program was designed to enhance and transform the teaching and learning that happens at BSM.
Technology is an excellent tool that enables teachers to reach beyond the limits of the classroom, allowing students to develop authentic life skills as outlined by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE):
• Creativity and innovation—create authentic content, including documents, spreadsheets, podcasts, movies and websites.
• Communication and collaboration—participate in projects in the classroom, and communicate with teachers, peers and experts around the world anywhere and at anytime.
• Research and information fluency—access information, discern its reliability, and then synthesize and apply that information.
• Critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making—simulation and visualization tools help students comprehend difficult concepts, analyze data, and apply their learning to real-life situations.
• Digital citizenship—learn how to responsibly and safely use technological tools to enhance their own learning and positively affect their school, community, and the world.
• Technology operations and concepts—understand the power of technological tools, efficiently and effectively use them to help themselves and others learn, and organize, produce, communicate, collaborate, and analyze information.

Faculty and Technology
Technology integration is an area of shared leadership strongly emphasized at BSM.
• The principals, as instructional leaders, are committed to the success of the program. They organize regular, timely professional development and consider the laptop program essential for teaching and learning at BSM.
• Department chairpersons organize learning communities and redesign curriculum to effectively integrate available technology.
• Faculty leaders regularly share innovative methods for teaching with technology.
• And BSM employs three technology coaches in its HelpDesk, all of whom are teachers. At least one teacher-coach is available every period in the school day to help colleagues with one-to-one training and support, to co-teach in classrooms, and to assist students with their technology needs.

 
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