St Francis Xavier has two resources to better serve the students’ needs: the STEM/Computer Learning Lab and the Study Library.
Use of technology in daily instruction is encouraged and supported at our school. Aside from the use of classroom computer(s) and a projector, 30 Google Chromebooks are also available for use in the classroom for grades 2-8. Teachers will reinforce student learning and technology skills in all academic areas through the use of these devices. Each grade is also scheduled for Computer classes in our STEM/Computer lab once a week for technology instruction.
Our computer lab transformation is officially completed and our students will be able to utilize the new space to its fullest potential to collaborate, experiment and investigate concepts in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math with their teachers.
It is through the generosity of our 2017 Call of the Heart Donors that a new floor, all new furniture, 15 chrome books and a Sharp Aquos Board 70″ Monitor have all been successfully installed to join 10 computers along the perimeter of the space for student use.
All the computers were upgraded to Windows 10 with Microsoft Office 2010. A large number of support software has been installed to help the students learn, be creative and enjoy their research time:
- Smarttech Software
- Typing Instructor Platinum for Kids
- Corel Painter 12
- CorelDRAW Graphic Suite 5x
- Corel Video Studio 4
- Microsoft Office 2010 Student
- Microsoft Office Professional 2010 Teachers
- Open Office
- Google Chrome
- Google Drive
This library provides a space for small groups to research and a quiet place for 1:1 testing and tutoring. The library has a collection of children’s literature books, reference, bibliographies, educational movies, and series that can be checked out weekly with the help of parent volunteers.