Sacred Heart Academy students and faculty make extensive use of technology. The implementation of SHA’s long-range technology plan has already begun, and the commitment to technology is evident throughout the building. Some examples include:
- Wireless campus
- One-to-One laptop initiative (for all students and faculty)
- Faculty Web sites to increase communication and reduce printed materials
- Faculty and Student email and network folders
- SMARTboards throughout the building
- LCD projector, television, and DVD/VHS player in every classroom
- Media Production Center
One-to-One Laptop Initiative and Wireless Campus
Sacred Heart Academy's one-to-one laptop initiative ensures that every student and faculty member has a notebook ("laptop") computer for use at home and throughout the school day. The entire school building is equipped with wireless access points. Access to the school’s network infrastructure is available from all parts of the school building.
Every classroom at SHA is equipped with an LCD projector. Many classrooms also contain SMARTBoards, and teachers have access to eInstruction Classroom Performance System instruction modules.
Math, science, and computer courses integrate technology through the development of computer programs, design of Web sites, and the use of educational software, graphing calculators, and state-of-the-art laboratory equipment.
Biology, Chemistry and Biotech/Physics laboratories, along with regular classrooms, are used for science classes. An automated DNA sequencer, PCR machines and UV Spectrophotometer are housed in the Biotech lab and used by students.
The Intro to Engineering course integrates the Infinity Technology Kit, which includes:
- Cutting-edge hardware built around Texas Instruments' Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology.
- LabView Graphical Software Design Environment - easy for students to learn and powerful for them to use.
- Multimedia Peripherals - digital web camera, speakers, and microphone.
The Foreign Language Department uses the Sony LLC-8000 system in the Multimedia Learning Center for interactive learning activities in target languages.
The Mary and James DiMeo Library
The Mary and James DiMeo Library has been equipped for student use with Dell P4 desktop computers with plasma screens. Students are given a tutorial on the extensive databases available at our Library Media Center. Students use the computers in our Media Center to research and compose papers, and check email.
Web Development and Email
Upon entering SHA, students are given email accounts and network file storage folders to facilitate teaching and learning.
All faculty members have a Web site as an integral part of their course presentation and to promote efficient distribution of materials.
Media Production Center
A fully equipped center used for production of a daily morning show, Good Morning SHAmerica, enables students to learn the complexities of television studio production. Students are instructed in the use of the video camera and audio equipment, in editing oral presentations, lighting, scripting and directing techniques.