Over the past week, we have had the opportunity to participate in a Zoom conference with a Cardiologist from Houston, TX. He along with Ms. Mary Alice Klenk, who is currently assisting with our 5th-8th grade Technology classes, spoke to the students in grades 3-8 about heart health, organ transplants and ways in which we can raise awareness about becoming organ donors. The children had many great questions and insightful comments. Dr. Antoine was highly impressed with their conversations with him and he applauded them for their knowledge and great behavior!
The students in grades 5-8 have been working on their typing skills and learning how to use all of the various Google tools such as Google Docs, Google Images and Google Slides this quarter. Sixth thru eighth grade have been putting together power point presentations to present to their Religion classes next week on various Biblical topics. Fr. Bob taught a technology class a couple of weeks ago and showed them how to access the Old and New Testament and the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the computer. He gave them examples and tips on how to make a great oral presentation and gave them assignment requirements for their Google Slides. Fr. Bob, Sr. Philomina and I are looking forward to the their presentations next week, of the information they have collected, and their personal insights. We hope to have the students utilize these newly acquired and honed tech skills, to create and develop new projects, and to learn how to make educational videos.
I watched and listened to the fourth grade technology class yesterday; they were able to take a virtual tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in tech class. You could hear the excitement in their voices as they traveled through the museum and the chatter amongst them about what they were able to see. It was another reminder that we have "the world at our finger tips" and that we don't have to actually be in the same room with someone in person, to engage in meaningful discussions and to work together for a greater cause.
I encourage you to investigate all of the excellent educational resources that can be found on the internet, and to work with us to teach the children about all of these resources and academic tools that can be fun, informative, and even life changing, as we search for and embrace all of the good that exists in the world around us.
Have a fantastic weekend.
Yours In Christ,
Rita M. Klenk
"We ourselves may feel that what we are doing is just a DROP in the ocean, but the ocean would be LESS because of that missing DROP."
- St. Theresa of Calcutta