Technology Remains a Focus in Diocese

By Colleen Rowan WEST VIRGINIA— Technology continues to be a focus in the diocese’s 32 Catholic schools as the latest tools and training are offered to teachers to foster classrooms of the future. Jennifer Hornyak, director of Instructional Technology for the diocese, said a pilot program for “Curriculum Mapping” has begun in 11 diocesan schools. The program uses Techpaths, in which teachers create and keep a record of their curriculum. This, Hornyak said, will help the diocesan Department of Catholic Schools and teachers identify areas in which the curriculum can be enhanced. “We’re going to be looking at documentation of what they’re teaching in their classroom, so we can identify areas of the curriculum that we need to strengthen and things that we’re doing really well.” Hornyak also noted that 16 diocesan teachers attended the National Educational Computer Conference in Texas this summer to familiarize themselves with the latest advances in technology uses in the classroom. Hornyak also said that interactive white boards are now used in every diocesan school. Five schools—Our Lady of Fatima School in Huntington, Fairmont Catholic Grade School and Our Lady of Peace School, St. Michael School and Corpus Christi School in Wheeling—have a white board available in every classroom. A total of 45 teachers attended training on use of white boards this summer.