St. Mary School reaches technology goal through grant

Emily Booker News, Schools

Bishop Stika meets with students at St. Mary School in Oak Ridge to see how Chromebooks in the classroom help them learn.

Bishop Stika meets with students at St. Mary School in Oak Ridge to see how Chromebooks in the classroom help them learn.

Through the help of the St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation, St. Mary School in Oak Ridge is now a “one-to-one” school, offering a Chromebook for every student in grades 1-8. Through a $29,200 grant, the school was able to install improved wireless infrastructure and purchase dozens of Chromebooks.

On May 4, the school celebrated this accomplishment. Bishop Richard F. Stika toured the school to see how students used the Chromebooks in the classroom, from spelling games in first grade to calculations in the middle school science lab. With one-to-one technology, students stay more engaged and can work at a faster pace, and teachers can develop lesson plans for each student’s individual needs.

Bishop Stika also cut the ribbon to a fifth grade classroom, one of the classes who received Chromebooks through the St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation grant. Teachers and students alike are excited to use this technology to improve classroom learning.