At SMM School, we understand that technology is a big part of our students' lives. Therefore, we have partnered with Microsoft and Apple to create an educational environment and programs that make our students more excited about learning. In addition to a computer lab, all classrooms are equipped with a Smartboard or an interactive TV and have access to Mobile iPad® Carts, Chromebooks, and Apple Connect.
Our educators are provided with an iPad and a computer for education collaboration and sharing. Special apps allow teachers to manage student device usage while in class. Teachers participate in ongoing professional development internally. Additionally, teachers are equipped with online grade to connect, email, and teacher web pages for students and families.
Preschool through Grade 3 students have access to iPads on a daily basis for use in the classroom for specific lesson plans, activities, or assignments.
Grades 4-8 students will participate in a 1:1 Chromebook® Program where students will utilize Google Classroom for the integration of technology across the curriculum.
Grade 6-8 (eBooks): The revised Social Studies program will be an eBook program from McGraw-Hill called ConnectED. An interactive web-based program that will enhance both instruction and learning in many ways.
Our ELA program is 'Journeys' in Grades K-6 has online reading resources that supplement their classroom instruction. These leveled readings will be accessible on their i-Pads or any computer with access to the internet.
Children in grades 1 through 8 utilize an online interactive Math program called IXL. This is a multi-dimensional approach to learning which keeps the students excited about math and, more importantly, ensures that they retain all of the skills they master throughout the year. It offers unlimited, unique questions to make practice engaging and provides adaptable skill levels to support and encourage the students, fun awards to keep them motivated, and detailed parent reports so they, too, can stay in the know.
Students in grades 2 through 8 supplement the Language Arts Program with this online individualized program that aids and reinforces critical literacy skills while the rich Strategic Curriculum builds and supports content-area knowledge and academic vocabulary with courses aligned to Pennsylvania’s science and social studies standards.
SMM Parents utilize Option C, which provides access to grades, assignments, and student progress. Option C is also used to communicate messages via email, mobile texts, and phone calls to alert parents of important news or announcements.
SMM technology is monitored and maintained by on-site technical support as needed. iPads are wirelessly managed with device management solutions that allow us to quickly respond to requests, push content, lock devices, or turn off apps or functionality as needed. Plus, our technology is updated annually.