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 place sufficient resources across the campus so that all learners have access to current technology.
In the course of a day, students may find themselves working on computers 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 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.
* A High Speed Infrastructure equipped to connect all computer workstations in faculty offices, labs, classrooms, Southworth Library, and administrative offices at 1G speed.
* 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.
Thirteen computer labs on campus with a total of 350 machines for student use.
UPPER SCHOOL: Five full labs: 3 general use, 1 with PC’s, and 1 mixed use. Six mini-labs on campus (6 to 8 machines in each)
Upper School Southworth Library - 20 Desktop and 16 laptops, Benelli Writing Center lab.
MIDDLE SCHOOL: Two labs, all Macs. One is for general use, the other is a Foreign Language Lab
Middle School Library - 17 laptops
SPECIALTY LABS AND EQUIPMENT
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.
* Three Science labs are equipped with state of the art interactive whiteboards, AVPS projections systems and laptop computers for Biology, Chemistry and Astronomy classes. Additionally two MS Science classrooms and the Enviro Science Lab have iPads for student use.
VISUAL ARTS LABS
* A Visual Arts Lab with high-powered G5 Macintosh computers for graphic design and digital photography. Professional Intuos Wacom Drawing Tablets are used with Adobe CS5.5, Corel Painter XI and i-Life 11 for print and web applications. Google Sketchup software is used for 3D architectural rendering.
* 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.
* 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.