What is new in technology class?

In September, 2016, IHM became a Google School.  Being a Google School allows IHM to have access to Google Classroom, an interactive web-based learning platform. The purpose of moving to Google Classroom is to increase student learning in this digital age. The students in Grades 4 through 8 are at various stages of learning how to navigate Classroom.  

Through Google Classroom students are able to perform the following functions:
  • access class assignments online
  • complete assignments in Google Classroom
  • submit assignments online
  • receive feedback more efficiently
  • access uploaded assignments, rubrics, and other digital handouts
  • complete written tests online which is graded online by the teacher
  • utilize all of Google Apps within Classroom itself
  • communicate with teacher and students in an open-type forum through "comments"
  • and, if permission is given, "post"  
  • view any uploaded YouTube learning video--related to the curriculum
  • create, collaborate, research, problem-solve, and synthesize--work as a team
  • post (if given permission) and comment--to be used in connection with class work.
Parents are encouraged to ask your child to show you how he or she accesses Google Classroom as well as demonstrate for you how assignments are posted.

If a student is absent from class, he or she may access Classroom in order to keep up with Classroom activities.  

Due dates are also posted.  Students are asked to check Google Classroom every day for any updates, etc.

You may wonder how to access Google Classroom.  First, the device must be equipped  with Google Chrome; that is,  a laptop or desktop with a Google Chrome Browser, or if you have a Chrombook.

Procedure to access Classroom:
  1.  Google Chrome Browser must be installed
  2. Access the student's Google Account by either keying in the URL:  classroom.google.com and pressing Enter; or clicking the Sites icon found in the Grid which can be found to the top right of the Search page, or Drive page, or Email page.
  3.  Then, key student's Email and password in order to get into the program.  
Students are also encouraged to develop proper keyboarding skills by accessing and practicing Typing.com or Dance Mat Typing.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me:  cswartz@iheartmary.org.  

Thank you and God bless you!  

Sister Cathy