Belen Jesuit is committed to preparing its students to be leaders in a twenty-first century global society and thus provides its students and teachers with the technology to develop and teach the necessary skills. We strive to afford our educational community the essential conditions for technology to fulfill its promise in education—shared vision, access to hardware and software, professional development, technical assistance, content and technology standards, curriculum resources, student-centered teaching, assessment, and community support.
Belen Jesuit must prepare students for the world they will inhabit, where computer literacy and technology skills are not optional. As educators, the responsibility falls on us to help our students learn to use technology effectively and ethically. This technological literacy is best learned when students are engaged in authentic learning and assessment on a device that they can access anytime and anywhere.
Belen chose the iPad as the tool to enrich and support its rigorous college preparatory curriculum. The program began in 2012-2013 with all grades 6th through 12th receiving an iPad, which is refreshed every two years. The initiative brings information to our students' fingertips and provides limitless opportunites for learning as teachers can extend the walls of their classrooms.
The iPad affords the opportunity to combine education with technology and creativity. All courses use e-texts and ebooks in addition to school-approved apps. The iPad is not a replacement for skilled teaching and quality content, but rather a twenty-first century educational tool. Belen students will be better prepared for college and the work world where technology touches everything.