Walsh Jesuit recognizes that we all live in an increasingly technological world. Our teachers integrate a variety of digital learning platforms on a daily basis in a way that is deliberate and in line with our identity as Ignation educators. Technology at Walsh Jesuit is meant to explore and expand a student’s learning and creativity. Walsh Jesuit employs a 1:1 technology initiative in which all students utilize iPads with wireless Bluetooth keyboards as educational tools. These devices allow the students to access Moodle, our online learning management system (LMS) on which teachers post their syllabi, assignments, and supplemental resources for class. The iPads facilitate mobile learning and communication, reinforcing personal technology skills and literacy they will use in college as 21st century learners. While a great many educational goals can be accomplished with new impressive software and on-line resources, we still believe in “unplugging” and maintaining restrictions for technology free time and spaces to help foster authentic and meaningful relationships.
Walsh Jesuit employs a highly qualified and dedicated technology support team who are not only knowledgeable, but who put students first and care for the whole individual. Technology support is available to teachers and students throughout the day, and work is constantly being accomplished behind the scene to maintain, improve and expand resources available to educators and students. Matt Long, Educational Technologist, coordinates and manages technology integration projects, organizes professional development opportunities, helps the technology curriculum, and serves as a liaison between the IT Department and the faculty. Making up the rest of Walsh Jesuit’s IT Department is full-time IT Director Mark Schweter, who constantly maintains and enhances the school’s wireless network. Technology Support Specialist Charles Korecki runs the school’s technology help desk and provides technology support, which includes the installation of new equipment.