In an exciting effort to strengthen and better use our resources at Trinity Catholic Academy, the Computer Classroom and the Library have been combined to form the Media Center. The former Library has been divided into two sections: the Computer area and the Library area. The Media Center is staffed with Mrs. Paula Morse and three volunteers. Mrs. Morse is here at TCA to teach every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The goal of the Media Center is to build a respect for books and a love of reading, to provide students with the guidance and knowledge to become independent and ethical users of information, and to equip students with the knowledge and information skills to become lifelong learners. At TCA, we also believe that the technology curriculum should be a progression in knowledge and practical skills for all students in Kindergarten through Grade 8.
Each grade – scheduled to be in the Media Center twice a week – is divided in two and has “Computer” one day and “Library” the other day. While Mrs. Morse is teaching Computer to half of the scheduled class, the other half of the class is in the Library area of the Media Center with one of our volunteers. During Library time, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, and Grade 3 have a chance to, and are encouraged to, borrow books. They also have a story read to them, and then enjoy a follow up discussion, activity, or craft. Time in the Library for Grades 4 through 8 is structured as a study period where students can read, study, or do homework. They are also given a chance to borrow/return books.
During computer time, the main focus for the upper grades is on keyboarding and garnering a basic, age appropriate understanding of Microsoft Word. There are also fun, educational activities for this age group with software that reinforces critical skills such as spelling, reading, thinking, organizing, and problem solving. There is also a focus on creativity with Kid Pix 4. The lower grades work with a wide range of software that also reinforces critical skills. They too work with age appropriate keyboarding software that encourages them to use two hands and not to “hunt-and-peck”. New activities are introduced and then brought back for re-enforcement during the year.