In today’s digital age, young people are becoming more exposed to the behind-the-scenes of technology, including learning how to write code. At St. Brigid-St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Academy in Bushwick, junior high students are doing just that since September 2020 with their math and science teacher Jose Martinez.
As students across New York City return to school in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, remote learning devices are more essential than ever for their education. That’s why DeSales Media Group and the Catholic Television Network (which is a part of DeSales) are giving each child enrolled in a Catholic School an iPad or Chromebook plus free Internet access.
The tech lab at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy in Forest Hills has been dedicated in the memory of Michele Renee Tinnirello, a former student who died in 1981 when she was in the fifth grade.
Brian Witanowski, an eighth-grader at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy knows a lot about computers, but he had only dreamed about building one himself.
If you look into a classroom at one of the diocesan academies this fall, you may see the teacher holding a tablet instead of chalk and an eraser. Why? DeSales Media Group, technology and communications arm of the Diocese of Brooklyn and parent company of The Tablet, has arranged for a grant of more than 3,000 iPads to 32 academies.
As a father of four, I am familiar with practice. There’s hockey practice, piano practice and lots of practicing patience. My kids are learning what a C-sharp sounds like and how to track the puck when they are playing defense. These practices form our family by training perception.
I once asked some high school students to identify a couple of trees – a birch and an elm – based on pictures of their leaves. They offered a few sheepish guesses: Oak? Maple? They kept guessing.
For adults complaining about America’s youth being saturated in media usage, it appears the apple hasn’t fallen far from the iPad.
Technology has positively impacted education in the Catholic schools and academies in the Brooklyn Diocese with programs for learning, professional development and the expansion of hardware, wiring and wireless access.