Teaching Tech

Monte Cassino School, 2206 S. Lewis Ave. was recognized Oct. 9 for its use of networking technology to meet education objectives with a first runner-up prize in the nonprofit category in the 2007 Cisco Growing with Technology Awards.
The school deployed an online portal where parents and students can check homework assignments, view grades as soon as they are posted, print report cards and view attendance records. Teachers can post information about field trips, parent-teacher conferences and curriculum.
The teachers also have their own class pages that offer detailed information about classes they are teaching, which give prospective students a glimpse into the school and its staff.
The school’s use of tech doesn’t stop there. Monte Cassino also issues a Tablet PC to seventh and eighth graders for home use. Positive results of this program include improved test scores, better handwriting and greater self-responsibility, the school said. The program is now slated to expand to include students in other grade levels.
Other technology driven initiatives at Monte Cassino include interactive whiteboards and Internet availability in each classroom, as well as web-based surveys for parents to provide feedback to the administration. The school has also established online alumni and student communities where participants can update calendars, post notices, securely share photos and search for student mentors.
The Cisco Growing with Technology Awards program was created to recognizes small and midsize organizations from across the U.S. and Canada that use networking technology in innovative ways to improve sales and marketing; expand and deliver service to customers, improve operational efficiencies or outpace competition. A panel of 10 judges selected 15 winners in five categories from more than 570 applications.
Monte Cassino School has been owned and operated by the Benedictine Sisters since 1926 and is comprised of an early childhood learning center, elementary school and middle school.

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