Mater Dei School Expands Futurekids’ Real Journeys in Technology Curriculum Program

Futurekids announced today that the Mater Dei School in Topeka, Kan. has expanded the Real Journeys in Technology curriculum to its students. Real Journeys in Technology is built around a scope and sequence of 500 learning objectives in 10 key technology areas, and meets or exceeds state and ISTE NETS standards. It is a full-year's curriculum containing 35 interactive project-based adventure-themed lessons.

“We started this cutting-edge technology curriculum as a pilot program last year,” commented Technology Coordinator Patricia Saracyewski of Mater Dei. “We’re thrilled to expand the program because our students really love the program and our teachers have really bought into it. My favorite story is when a student completed a project and said ‘this is magic.’ I responded, no, it’s not magic, it’s programming! We’re committed to providing our students with the technology skills they need to compete in today’s world.”

Dzana Homan, CEO of Futurekids, welcomed the expanded program with Mater Dei. “We’re always happy to see the light come on when it comes to technology,” states Ms. Homan. “It’s especially heartening to see a private school like Mater Dei provide their students with 21st century technology skills.”

Using projects that are linked with language arts, social studies, math and science content, Real Journeys in Technology promotes active student learning for the 21st Century Classroom. Areas covered include operating environments, databases, word processing, spreadsheets, graphics, Internet, multimedia, programming, desktop publishing and applied technology.

Real Journeys in Technology utilizes such software as Kid Pix Studio Deluxe, Print Artist Gold, and Storybook Weaver Deluxe for the K-2 levels and Microsoft Office for 3-8 grades. Each kit contains a comprehensive Teacher Guide, 25 Student Workbooks and a CD-ROM containing electronic templates, samples and handouts.

About Mater Dei School
Mater Dei provides a progressive K-8 Catholic learning environment dedicated to training boys and girls to have excellent academic skills and exemplary character based on a deep faith. For further information, log onto

About Futurekids
Futurekids is the premier provider of technology teacher training solutions for schools and universities around the world. Futurekids has a 22-year record of success in technology education. Their core competency is providing technology training as it relates to teaching and learning. They have relationships and achievements with many key educational partners such as Intel, IBM and Dell.  For more information on Futurekids, please visit

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