The Frances Xavier Warde School has long been a pioneer in integrating technology into urban Catholic education. FXW recognizes the potential of technology to change education and improve student learning. All faculty are provided with the tools necessary to develop learning opportunities that produce 21st century learners who use technology responsibly.
FXW’s approach to academic technology is truly organic. We fully integrate technology skills and computer projects throughout the curriculum to drive engaging student-centered learning. As studies speak of the “Digital Native” and the “NetGen Learner” and how these students learn, The Frances Xavier Warde School works to provide our students with the resources to connect with Chicago and the world.
Students use computer technology as a natural tool of the learning process. Computers are available to all students whenever and wherever they are needed – similar to pen and paper. The result de-emphasizes the specialization of computer technology as use becomes seamless and ubiquitous. We’ve adapted best practices from leading schools around the country in order to craft the best program that works for FXW. Faculty acceptance was particularly important to us, so we allowed teachers to take leadership roles in crafting the program and ultimately driving the expansion of the program throughout our middle school.
All students and teachers are issued their own state-of-the-art laptop computers for school and home use. Student computers (currently Lenovo x201 tablet computers) come fully installed with all the programs used throughout the curriculum, such as Microsoft Office, Windows Movie Maker, ArtRage and Inspiration.