The Catechism of the Catholic Church (2293) reads: “Science and technology are precious resources when placed at the service of man and promote his integral development for the benefit of all. By themselves however they cannot disclose the meaning of existence and of human progress.” In keeping with this view, St. Michael School has a state-of-the-art computer technology department that aims to provide a balanced approach to the acquisition of technological advances. With both a full-time technology coordinator and a computer instruction teacher, the students have the opportunity to utilize the two labs with 35 desktop machines, as well as the wireless lab, for both instruction and classroom projects. Students receive biweekly instruction in grades 1 and 2 and weekly instruction in grades 3-8. While in class students have the opportunity to learn the various Microsoft Office programs and the Internet.
Students of St. Michael School have the use of over 245 computers on the network throughout the entire school. There are two mobile labs containing 80 laptops on a wireless network. The computer labs are a source of developmental instruction for students and teachers.
Twenty-five classrooms have mounted SMART Board interactive whiteboards and data projectors. The SMART Board interactive whiteboard is a large, touch-sensitive display connected to a computer and projector. The interactive whiteboard is like a giant computer screen that students and teachers simply touch to operate. Using their finger or a pen as a mouse, teachers and students can access and control any computer application, file or multimedia platform, including the Internet, on-line textbooks, CD-ROMs and DVDs. They can also write over applications in digital ink, then save their work for future study and review.