Educational Technology @Salesianum Designed by Amanda Hanny Matarese

"Be who you are and be that well." - Saint Francis de Sales

Salesianum School is a private, all-boys high school in Wilmington, DE that implemented a one-to-one iPad program in 2013. I, Amanda Matarese, was hired at the beginning of 2014 to teach French and act as Technology Integrationist. Over the past two years, we have grown as a school community and have evolved our one-to-one iPad program. This site focuses on the major improvements throughout the past two years.

we are salesianum

Salesianum Spirit Week Video: 2014

This Salesianum Spirit Week Video (2014) was produced by a group of students during the earlier stages of technology integration. Technology, and even more so educational technology, allows our students to have a stronger ownership of their work.

Check out the 2016 Spirit Week video, which is posted at the bottom of this site!

Salesianum School: Overview

Salesianum School educates and develops the whole person based on the teaching of Saint Francis de Sales, whose spirituality can be summarized in “Live Jesus.”

As an independent Catholic secondary school founded by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales in 1903, Salesianum challenges young men through dynamic college preparatory and extracurricular programs to live as Salesian Gentlemen devoted to faith, community and service.

Salesianum educates and develops the whole person in a one-to-one iPad environment. An important part of our mission to “educate and develop the whole person” is preparing students for college and beyond by ensuring they are technologically proficient in an increasingly connected world. The Salesian one-to-one iPad program enhances the academic curriculum providing students with opportunities to build a deeper understanding of the content.

Why Educational technology? Why a 1:1 ipad environment?

The one-to-one iPad environment at Salesianum allows students to work collaboratively, including at a distance, and to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of their peers.

"Educational technology is the considered implementation of appropriate tools, techniques, or processes that facilitate the application of senses, memory, and cognition to enhance teaching practices and improve learning outcomes."


Technology improvements

School Wide

  • 21st Century Classrooms: 2016
  • 11 classrooms outfitted with wireless projection
  • 4 classrooms designated as model classrooms for new furniture
  • onCampus: 2015
  • Learning Management System (LMS)
  • Website that keeps everyone connected
  • Access assignments, calendars & important information from where you have wifi
  • G Suite: 2015
  • Google Apps for Education: Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, YouTube and more!

for students

  • STEP
  • Salesianum Technology in Education Program
  • Implemented Summer 2014
  • Required for all incoming freshmen
  • Materials covered:
  • Overview of the Responsible Use Policy
  • Protecting the educational environment
  • Cyberbullying / Digital citizenship
  • Foundational applications
  • Avoiding temptation: Notifications & iMessaging
  • Apple Apps: Learning by doing
  • + plagarism
  • Notability / note taking
  • G Suite resources & backing up/storing files
  • onCampus + onCampus Attach

for parents

  • STEP for Parents
  • Educational Technology Workshop
  • Implemented Fall 2016
  • Materials covered:
  • onCampus & grade management
  • Enabling iPad Restrictions
  • Enabling Guided Access
  • Tutorials (iBooks)
  • onCampus

technology requirements

Salesianum School recommends at least the iPad pro with wifi only capabilities and 64GB storage.

Educational Technology Improvements

“Teachers need to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewing it as an add-on, an afterthought or an event.” - Heidi Hayes Jacobs

what is educational technology to you?

A group of teachers at Salesianum were surveyed about their thoughts on Educational Technology. See their responses below:

  • "[Educational technology is] using technology to enhance student learning, using technology to appeal to different types of learners, and using technology to reach higher level thinking skills." - English Teacher
  • "Educational technology is an all-encompassing term to describe the intersection between technology and education. It can be used anytime learning (student) or teaching (instructor) occurs with the use of technology." - Social Studies Teacher
  • "Using technology in an educational setting to enhance and foster the educational process." - Business Teacher

How is Educational Technology beneficial?

  • "It is essential to this generation's learning and lifestyle because using technology is an important tool in every aspect of our lives, using it in an educational setting corresponds to how we obtain information and live our lives." - Business Teacher
  • "Anything that can make difficult subjects more accessible, while allowing for the student to fully explore that subject, is beneficial." - English Teacher
  • "It allows students to approach new ideas from various angles." - Chemistry Teacher

How do you use educational technology?

  • "Testing, assignments, videos for flipping the classroom, bringing online resources into class lectures in real time, having students research answers to questions that come up during class, accessing archived material and media that is online, e-books." - Social Studies Teacher
  • "1:1 iPads allow students to do much more in the classroom -- research, collaborate on projects, compose essays, create presentations, access materials, collate responses to prompts, and engage with texts and multimedia sources." - English Teacher

Bend. Do not break.

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) created a set of standards specifically for teachers, as they “design, implement, and assess learning experiences to engage students and improve learning.” The six main standards are as follows:

  • Facilitate and inspire learning and creativity
  • Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments
  • Model digital work and learning
  • Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility
  • Engage in professional growth and leadership

Another set of standards? Teaching can be one of the most stressful careers, but the newfound stress should be the indecisiveness of choosing the best resource. Deliver lessons that literally bring the world to students through educational technology. Take the first step to creating a 21st century learning environment and offer a true education. Go out of your comfort zone. Shake up learning. Make a change. Bend with the advances of technology, but do not break.

Salesianum Spirit Week Video: 2016


Created with images by stevepb - "books student study" • DariuszSankowski - "knowledge book library" • Sean MacEntee - "iPad" • FirmBee - "office freelancer computer"

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