Mount de Sales embraces its philosophy that “traditional disciplines are enhanced by those practices which are most effective in modern methods of teaching.” This compels us to revisit teaching techniques to ensure the utilization of up-to-date, suitable resources and learning platforms. In today’s educational climate, these innovations are largely technology driven and can enhance our curriculum while still maintaining its authenticity.
The One-to-One Technology Initiative is designed to enhance the Mount de Sales curriculum while still maintaining its authenticity by supporting academic excellence, moral responsibility, and ethical formation.
Teachers and students are using Canvas Learning Management System, Office 365 and Microsoft education tools such as OneNote Class Notebooks, Microsoft Forms, and Sway in innovative ways to enhance the learning experience for students daily. Technology integration at Mount de Sales is utilized to foster and encourage important 21st century skills such as communication and collaboration among students and teachers.
New students attend technology orientations, and faculty and staff receive professional technology development. In addition, during the school day our technology staff and media center with help desk are available.
Incoming families are required to buy their own device based on the school’s criteria. However, there are no technology fees in addition to tuition. Students will have full access to Microsoft Office Suite and Office 365 online at no charge.
MDSA was named a Microsoft Showcase School for 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021, and 2021-2022.
Four MDSA faculty/staff members have been selected as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts for 2021-2022.
- Helen Hufford - English Department Chair
- Liz Johnson - Social Science Department Chair
- Val Bailey - Dean of Student Affairs, Science Teacher
- Laura O'Friel - Director of Professional Development, Social Science Teacher
The MDSA Tech Team was awarded the 2017-2018 Teams that Make a Difference Award by the Catonsville Chamber of Commerce.