Holy Cross High School has a sixty year tradition educating the hearts and minds of our students, but we also understand the need for innovation and adapting to an ever-changing educational landscape. While it is important to be forward-looking in regards to integrating technology with teaching, we also believe it is crucial to make sure we are investing in our students by properly investing in the technologies and programs we incorporate in our classrooms.
The last several years, we have been conducting our own research into which technologies best promote academic success and growth for both our teachers, and our students. In 2015, we completed an entire restructuring of our school’s wifi network in order to provide the foundation needed for the classrooms of tomorrow. We explored iPads and tablets in the classroom for the last two years, and recently we completed an academic year combining Google Classroom with our already established digital classroom system that has been at the core of Holy Cross for over a decade. Based on the feedback from both our students and our faculty, we were able to create a unique program that best meets the educational demands of our school.
Every incoming freshman at Holy Cross is provided with a Google Chromebook.
Students have immediate access to assignments, assessments, and announcements from teachers, and are able to extend their learning far beyond the physical walls of the classroom. The implementation of Chromebooks and the Google Apps For Education (GAFE) provide our students the advantage to excel at Holy Cross, in college, and beyond.
Additionally, Holy Cross becoming a Google School helps continue our advancement of going green, no longer requiring assignments to always be printed out and producing extraneous waste by needing to discard emptied toner cartridges. Most excitingly, every student will have access to a device with a fully functional keyboard that iPads and other tablets lack, making Chromebooks perfect for English class, writing assignments, and research projects.