Technology

SMA has leading edge technology!

Technology at Stella Maris Academy goes beyond the computer lab. Not only do we maintain a 32-station iMac computer lab equipped with an LCD projector and interactive white board, all of our buildings are networked and well-equipped; each classroom has at least 3 computers, eBeam interactive white board technology, a document camera and an LCD projector. Technology-based projects are integrated throughout our curriculum.

SMA buildings have wireless Internet access across the entire school campus. Stella Maris Academy uses iMacs and students utilize the Office 2012, iLife,  as well as a variety of educational software and Web-based subscription programs.

Students and parents are required to sign the Stella Maris Acceptable Use Policy form agreeing to abide by its terms.

Flash Drive Tips

A flash drive is optional but recommended for middle school students. This durable and portable storage media has all but replaced increasingly shoddily made floppy disks. Flash drives, which are being required more and more by high schools, hold various amounts of memory, from 128 MB to more than a gigabyte. At least 128MB is fine. Flash drives can usually be obtained for less than $20 with careful shopping. Some sources of inexpensive flash drives include Target, Office Depot, amazon.com, Tiger Direct and CDW.

To minimize the chances of loss, SMA recommends that students put a label with their full name on the flash drive. Students should also rename their flash drive to include his/her name.

School Technology Issues: Social Networking

Parents should be aware of the current phenomenon of “social networking” sites. Simply stated, social networking sites This list from Wikipedia, while not exhaustive, gives most of the social networking sites that your kids might want to join.