Technology at Thayer
In an era of collaborative learning, technology enriches the academic environment for both faculty and students. One of Thayer’s goals is to be a mobile computing campus, providing each student with a laptop so that all learners have access to current technology. The Thayer Academy Laptop Program
In the course of a day, students may find themselves working on their laptops in writing and in peer editing, wrestling with a geometry problem using the visualization software, Geometer’s Sketchpad, beginning their review of literature for a science project, mastering the intricacies of computer programming in preparation for an Advanced Placement exam, or collecting information from a web site on the latest news from the Middle East for their World Cultures course. Thayer’s technological resources aid in the process of learning how to locate information, synthesize it, and form reasonable conclusions based on it.
Thayer’s Educational Technology, TigerNet, Provides Campus Wide Access to these Technology Resources:
TigerNet is our campus-wide intranet that features:
* A Fully Wired/Wireless Networked Campus allowing for student mobile device use wherever they need educational computing such as in the classroom, outside the buildings and on the fields.
* Dependable Network Server Access campus wide to file storage, printers, library resources as well as filtered Internet connectivity, thus establishing productivity for teaching and learning.
* School Website provides both a public site and private portals for students, parents, faculty, alumni and prospective families to access up to date information.
* Teacher Course Web Pages provide course descriptions, assignments, resource materials etc.
* Web-based Thayer Google Apps for Education - Faculty and students are using Google applications for email, document editing, sharing and collaborative learning.
* Atomic Learning - subscription web based software tutorials that are available to students from school and home 24/7. This web-based software training has applications that students use everyday. The just-in-time approach is focused on answering the common questions people have when learning popular software packages.
SPECIALTY LABS AND EQUIPMENT
* Lenovo All in One desktops running Programming software: NetBeans, Java, C++
FOREIGN LANGUAGE LABS
* Two Foreign Language Mac Labs (DiLL software). One lab is located the Upper School and the other in the Middle School. Students grades 6 -12 use the labs for French, Spanish and Chinese.
VISUAL ARTS LABS
* A Video Editing Lab (Xsan) in the Upper School with professional editing capabilities for video taping and editing from digital movie cameras.
* Each public space on campus is equipped with both monochrome and printers. Additionally professional ink-jet color wide printers are used by fine art students for shows in the Thayer Gallery and artwork displayed campus-wide. There are two student copiers located in the library and student commons.
* Audio Visual Presentation Systems are located in the Middle and Upper Schools. Thayer has 45 AVPS systems installed in a variety of teaching spaces, function halls and the Center for Performing Arts.
These AVPS systems consist of built-in LCD projectors, which can display images from their dedicated computer, DVD and VHS tape players, digitial document cameras, and an array of other video or audio sources. 25 of the AVPS systems are also equipped with an interactive white board device.