St. Patrick Catholic School

122 West Street, Portland, MI   (517) 647-7551

Technology Education

We live in a digital age and our students have grown up in a world where technology permeates their lives. Their school life should reflect that fact while still maintaining a Catholic culture of instruction and faith formation that challenges them to know and love God. In preparing our students for their futures, there is a need for stronger focus on a more innovative skill set; which includes creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. 

Additionally, it is important to equip our students to thrive in an information-rich world. Technology is changing the way people across the globe communicate, learn and work. In order to create an engaging learning environment and effectively prepare St. Patrick students for the future, our school must embrace technology and thoughtfully integrate it into the learning process. It is also important for St. Patrick School and its skilled teaching staff to incorporate appropriate and ethical technology usage to obtain an optimal learning environment for our students in which they can realize their full potential as active participants in both their faith communities and the market place. Simply stated, students that have the opportunity to learn and use new technologies appropriately will be in a stronger position in school and in the global marketplace.

Thank you to Pewamo Westphalia Public Schools, Allan November of November Learning, and Chris McKenna of Protect Young Eyes for contributing information to our website.

Our One-to-One Initiative

During the 2015/2016 School year St. Patrick School began a 1:1 pilot program with freshman students. During this pilot surveys were conducted for students and teachers to monitor the progress of the program and identify advantages unique to 1:1 computing. Specifically teachers took advantage of e-books, on line ancillary resources, Google Classroom to replace paper and pencil journaling, Bible Theology and other productivity tools. 

Google Classroom is a free web service developed by Google for schools that aims to simplify creating, distributing and grading assignments in a paperless way. St. Patrick School is now using Google Classroom management along with Google Suite to leverage our 1:1 initiative by taking advantage of these benefits:

Advantages for Teachers:

  • Manage multiple classes—Reuse existing announcements, assignments, or questions from another class. Share posts across multiple classes, and archive classes for future reference.
  • One-click worksheets—From a worksheet template, create an individual document for each student with one click.
  • Rich assignment materials—Add materials to your assignments, such as YouTube videos, a Google Forms survey, PDFs, and other items from Google Drive. Teachers and students can draw on, write notes, and highlight documents and PDFs in the Classroom mobile app.
  • Customize assignments—Add optional due dates, create customized grade values, and track which assignments are graded.
  • Prepare in advance—Draft posts and assignments, or schedule them to automatically post to the class stream at the scheduled date and time.
  • Keep students organized—Classroom creates a Google Calendar for each class and updates the calendar with work and due dates. Students can view upcoming work in the class stream, on their work page, or in the class calendar.
  • Individual assignments—Teachers can post work and announcements to individual students in a class.
  • Transfer grades—Export final grades to Google Sheets or to a CSV file for upload elsewhere.
  • Access anytime, anywhere—Access Classroom on the web or via the Android and iOS Classroom mobile apps.

Support for Administrators:

Students enjoyed limitless access to learning, anytime and anyplace, at any pace, no longer restricted to 7 hours in the school building. There was an increase in the number of hours students were using computers for classroom work. Students found it easier to take notes during class. After a successful pilot program in 2016-17, this year's freshmen and junior classes were given Chromebooks on the first day of school.  The sophomores kept the ones they received last year and Chromebooks were provided to seniors upon request.

The program is designed so students can use the same device through their high school years.  Beginning with the Class of 2020, they will take it with them when they graduate and can use it for college.  The Chromebook project was funded by donations from the Shamrock Auction, the Class of 1966, the PTO, and from the school budget.


The infrastructure, wireless capability, and available physical devices have all been updated, upgraded, replaced, and/or improved.  Our expectations are to prepare all learners for the technology challenges of the future with 21st Century Objectives; to integrate technology into our curriculum, utilizing real-time data and information by accessing greater and more accurate resources; and to meet all learners where they are and how they learn, with the focus on anytime, anyplace, any path, any pace ideals.

Our hopeful results are these: deeper relationships with students, increased student motivation and engagement, and increased student achievement.  

Please use this page to locate the policies on our student devices and the digital citizenship content we are providing and teaching to our students to help them prepare to be responsible global citizens.