Monte Cassino School was recently recognized for its innovative use of networking technology to meet its educational objectives. The school was named as First Runner-Up in the nonprofit category of the Cisco Growing with Technology Awards 2007.
Winners were announced Oct. 9 during a ceremony at the Hotel Sofitel in Redwood Shores, Calif.
Devoted to the centuries-old Benedictine legacies of learning and service, Monte Cassino School is, nevertheless, embracing the latest technologies to improve education and build community support. Monte Cassino deployed an online portal where parents and students can check homework assignments, see grades as soon as they are posted, print report cards, and view attendance records. Teachers can post information about field trips, parent-teacher conferences, curriculum, and more. The teachers also have their own class pages that offer more detailed information about the classes they’re teaching, giving prospective students a valuable glimpse into the school and its staff.
In the seventh and eighth grades, each student is given a Tablet PC for use at home and at school for as long as they are a student at Monte Cassino. Positive results include improved test scores, better handwriting, and greater self-responsibility. This program is now slated to expand into other grade levels. Teachers also have interactive whiteboards with overhead projectors, and the Internet is available in every classroom. Outside the campus, web-based surveys enable parents to provide feedback to the administration, faculty, staff, and school board. Online communities, including alumni and student groups, can easily update calendars, post notices, securely share photos, and search for student mentors and others who can help the school.
The Cisco Growing with Technology Awards program was created to recognize small and midsize organizations that use networking technology in innovative ways to improve sales and marketing; expand and deliver superior service to customers, improve operational efficiencies, or outpace their competition.
The winners of the program represent their industries and constituencies as role models, showcasing best practices on the use of technology to address business challenges, compete more effectively, and fuel success. A panel of 10 judges selected 15 winners in five categories from more than 570 applications.
The installation has provided Internet access for nearly 700 computers on campus, 250 of which are Tablet PCs for students in grades four through eight.