Some of the most exciting developments on campus today combine our long heritage of excellence with cutting-edge innovation: a combination that equips our students for a rapidly changing world. We believe that technology tools operate in the service of excellent teaching and learning. Great teachers and students use technology to augment the learning process when it is appropriate.
Accordingly, in September 2012, we introduced our first one-to-one program using iPads. We embraced the tablet as a 21st century learning tool — one that would integrate with the learning habits of students. Asking students to come to school with an iPad means they have an innovative, mobile, and media creation tool that can help to manage their academic work and personal lives, as well as providing a spontaneous window on the world for the gathering of information.
NOW HAVE THE ABILITY TO MORE EASILY INTEGRATE TECHNOLOGY THAT SUPPORTS DEEP LEARNING
BOTH IN AND OUT OF THE CLASSROOM BY UTILIZING CONTENT RESOURCES AND TOOLS THAT
INCREASE STUDENT ENGAGEMENT WITH THE SUBJECT MATTER AND DEVELOP HIGHER-ORDER
The advantages of portability, instant-on, thousands of apps, and long battery life are making the iPad a much less intrusive and more practical tool than laptops or computer labs for most classroom activities. But by far the greatest advantage has been the iPad serving as a catalyst for discussion and deep thinking about teaching and learning. Those discussions are already yielding changes in teaching methodologies to be more closely aligned with contemporary student learning styles.
We continue to provide professional development to help faculty and staff better integrate the iPad into their teaching or other responsibilities. The Office of Academic Technology offers iPad workshops throughout the year and the week-long summer Technology and Learning Institute, designed to educate faculty regarding the appropriate use of technology in the classroom.
All Choate students are required to have a later generation iPad or iPad Pro per the requirements posted annually, and are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop as well for the creation of documents and spreadsheets. Choate’s Information Technology Services Department provides technical support at Registration and throughout the school year for all student iPads and laptops. All queries may be directed to User Services at (203) 697-2572 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New students gain access to the Choate Students Portal in May, prior to their registration to Choate. Parents are emailed a password, which gives them access to the Parents Portal and their Student’s Information Account in mid-August.
All student dormitories, faculty residences, and academic buildings are wireless.