Technology & Tablet PC Program
The Tablet PC Program is the foundation of the technology program at McAuley. At McAuley, each student has her own Tablet PC, an all-purpose, cutting-edge device. McAuley's Tablet PC program combines the best aspects of a traditional education with the technological skills that our students will need to be successful in the future.
Knowing how to use a computer effectively and efficiently is an essential skill for every potential career field. Every freshman takes a Computer Literacy course, which teaches her how to use her tablet and the extensive online resources available to her as a student at McAuley.
At McAuley, we believe that technology in the classroom must be fully integrated into how we teach. We've made a commitment for over 20 years to continually upgrade our technology infrastructure and train teachers to use technology to make education come alive in their classrooms.
Benefits of a Technology-Rich Learning Environment
- Each student will use innovative educational programs such as DyKnow, Blackboard, Google Apps, Office 365, Photoshop, and Premiere to create and exchange information as never before.
- McAuley students have access to online textbooks (which include interactive and supplementary resources as well as open source materials) all the time and do not have to carry overloaded backpacks.
- Staying connected through a uniform and consistent communication network benefits our students by offering them online class discussions and study sessions in the evenings. This gives them the ability to collaborate with one another in group assignments, and makes it easier for them to access and submit class work they miss in the event of illness.
- McAuley students organize all of their class activities, notes, homework, and projects on the Tablet PC with One Note, virtually eliminating the need for paper and notebooks.
- Foreign Language students learn perfect listening and speaking skills using Audacity.
- The Tablet PC can be used as a traditional laptop with a keyboard, but also has a screen that will accept pen and touch input.
- Every part of the Tablet PC is replaceable; most repairs are handled in house, so the Tablet PC is quickly returned to the students. Loaners are available for students to use while their Tablet PC is being repaired.
- McAuley’s faculty and staff are devoted to teaching our students how to use advanced technology. Our faculty members have been working with the Tablet PC/Laptops for over 15 years—they are experts. They have embraced the importance of incorporating technology into their classes so that our graduates will transition into college and work environments far ahead of the general population.
Partnership with UC School of Information Technology
Through a new partnership with the University of Cincinnati School of Information Technology, McAuley students interested in IT careers have access to incredible opportunities that will give them a jump start into college. Students may take UC IT courses online during high school – courses that can add up to one full year of college freshman coursework. This not only gives students a head start in earning college credits, it also results in considerable savings when it comes time to pay for college tuition. In addition, students who successfully complete the UC coursework receive automatic acceptance into UC’s School of Information Technology with sophomore standing. They also will gain work experience through five paid internships, the first of which begins the summer between high school graduation and their first year in college. Through these internships, students can earn up to $50,000 in income before even graduating from college.
McAuley participates in a program called INTERalliance, which allows students with an interest in IT-related careers to explore technology professions. Through this program, the schools expose students to technology careers and needs in the Greater Cincinnati area by partnering with area IT businesses. These companies offer students mentoring, internships and hands-on career exploration activities such as IT camps, TechOlympics and more. Participation in the program gives students a head start in this highly competitive career field.