Holy Trinity High School Prep has provided laptop resources in the classroom since 2009 using mobile laptop carts. Each year the curriculum has been enhanced and building blocks have been added. To ensure technology is used to its maximum potential in the classroom, Holy Trinity: An Episcopal School reviews the curriculum on a yearly basis, carefully analyzing trends in education and the workplace environments to make the best possible decisions regarding technology usage in the curriculum for the future.
Holy Trinity, an Episcopal School is proud to continue the inclusion of technology and inquiry learning activities within our academic programming. Since 2017, all students are required to have access to an approved laptop for work at home and school. Keeping our students connected to and comfortable in navigating digital learning environments is key in our commitment to intentionally develop 21st Century Learning Skills necessary for success and achievement in high school that our alumni are known for.
The designated use of one device per one student, or 1:1, has allowed our teachers and staff to tailor learning and differentiated instruction to provide students with relevant, timely, and engaging resources and activities. As a part of the 1:1 Program, students will be assigned a device to use as a tool for learning. This device comes preloaded with the programs students most commonly use in each of their Holy Trinity classes as well as staff-controlled management software that allow teachers and staff to take the first steps in creating a blended learning environment while assisting students in staying on task during online activities in class. The increased access to online resources and content such as, Blackbaud, Microsoft 365 Office Suites, ThinkCentral and Pearson Realize- ensures that students can work collaboratively and beyond the walls of their classroom. Students not only demonstrate a mastery of the three Rs (Reading, Writing, Arithmetic) but also the four Cs of a 21st Century Learner (Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, and Communication). Students are no longer expected to sit and listen, but now problem-solve and communicate what they have learned. The computer becomes another tool for learning, just as important as the pen and pencil or the paper and hardcopy textbook. This model has not only boosted student engagement but has exposed our teachers to new instructional strategies and concepts that promote critical thinking skills.
Parents and families benefit from a hybrid learning experience as well since they are able to be more directly involved in their students’ academic performance. Our assignment and grade portal, Blackbaud, allows parents to review their child(ren)’s work and identify areas of strength and those in need of growth. We have also seen and improvement in communication between parents and teachers, strengthening our triangle with every passing year.