The Greensburg Central Catholic community prides itself on keeping up with technology so that students and teachers have the tools necessary to thrive in a technocentric world. Since 2015, the school has provided each student with a laptop, and these were a godsend in March of 2020 when the pandemic shut down schools.
GCC also uses a powerful learning management system called Schoology to communicate with students and parents. Schoology too was vital to dealing with the shutdown. Teachers used the platform to post assignments, interact with students, and teach remotely.
In 2019, the school established a makerspace. This is an area where students can improve critical thinking through classes on robotics and computer programming and create objects using a 3-D printer and/or a CNC router (a computer-controlled cutting machine).
The upgrades continue. Thanks to an Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools Grant, part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, Central now has interactive display and software devices in each classroom. They are a combination of smart TVs, chalkboards, computers, and display screens. The interactive touchscreen enables a teacher to write as if on a chalkboard, play educational videos, manipulate different screens, and connect with a student’s presentation. And this just scratches the surface of the capabilities!
Stay tuned. As technologies emerge, Central will do its best to provide what is needed for educational excellence.