At St. John’s Lutheran School, students use Apple technology daily to deepen their understanding and demonstrate learning in meaningful ways through connecting with relevant world topics and events, collaborating with each other, and utilizing creativity to express their original ideas. The school culture encourages teachers to utilize a growth mindset as they learn through multiple professional development and collaboration opportunities to pair technology with active learning pedagogies and standards.
St. John’s Lutheran School (SJLS) is a dynamic K-8 private, Christian school where students prepare for 21st century learning by utilizing the latest technological tools to become healthy digital citizens and empowered technologically savvy learners. Technology is paired with the learning standards as a way to create cross curricular experiences that engage and motivate our students with the goal of creating learners who can collaborate with one another, communicate clearly, utilize critical thinking skills and enhance their creativity. Through the use of 1-to-1 iPad, MacBook, robots, 3D printing, VR and many apps and applications, SJLS scholars are given the opportunity to experience a full STEAM curriculum that prepares students for the ever changing job market of the future.
Our students’ success directly relates to the connection of innovative technology and high curriculum standards promoted by the schools’ teachers and administrators. SJLS is an accredited WASC school and reviews school goals yearly. Three times a year, we use the NWEA MAP test to measure our students academic achievements in both math and reading. The data collected demonstrates that our students score above average compared to their peers.
Through technology, teachers have empowered students to express their ideas and understanding in original ways by connecting them with dynamic, interactive, and media-rich resources such as CAD programs to develop original 3D prints, iMovie and Clips to create authentic movies, Keynote for animated presentations, CoSpaces to develop virtual augmented reality worlds, Seesaw to document learning, GarageBand for podcasts, Swift Playground to practice coding and so much more. St. John’s has created a technology infrastructure and environment that includes flexible seating in classrooms and hallway spaces, a STEM lab for green screen, robotics, virtual learning and hands on project-based activities. In addition, our class set of iPods and VR glasses give students the opportunity to be immersed in an outside world as they gain new perspectives and experiences that deepen their learning.
Read our entire Apple Distinguished School program submission here!