A PHYSICAL AND VIRTUAL APPROACH TO COLLABORATIVE LEARNING
Success in today’s world demands far more than thinking skills and content knowledge. The ability to navigate the complex life and work environments in a globally competitive information age requires that students engage in a rigorous learning environment that encourages flexibility, adaptability, initiative, self-direction, social and cross-cultural skills, productivity, accountability, leadership and responsibility.
Our transformed library, known as the Learning Commons, is a center for student inquiry, digital citizenship, project-based/differentiated/collaborative learning, advanced literacy, student/teacher meeting presentations and serves as a space for individual students to prepare for class instruction. The room is equipped with an extensive wireless and landline network to accommodate its fully-equipped CPU's, large screen HDTV, student iPads, and wireless presentation equipment, including Apple TV.
Immaculate High School has been changing the educational paradigm to embrace innovative learning. Most visible is our full school 1:1 technology initiative. Immaculate High School was one of the first schools, public or private, in the state and country to initiate a full school implementation in 2012.
Since that time, Immaculate has complemented its core programs with courses such as International Relations, World Religions, Forensics, Graphics Arts, Project Lead the Way Engineering Program, CISCO IT Essentials Certification, Financial Literacy, Economics and more.
Textbooks have evolved into e-books, collaborative learning and communication is supported through the use of Google Classroom, flipped classroom instruction and best instructional practices.