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.
In September 2012, we started our first iPad one-to-one program. We embraced the tablet as a 21st century learning tool — a tool 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 comprehensive tool that will help to manage their work and personal lives, as well as providing a spontaneous window on the world for the gathering of information.
Teachers now have the ability to more easily integrate technology both in and out of the classroom by utilizing content resources and tools that increase student engagement with the subject matter and development of skills.
The advantages of portability, instant-on, thousands of apps, and long battery life are making the iPad a much less intrusive and more spontaneous tool than laptops or computer labs. But by far the greatest advantage so far 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 University workshops throughout the year and the week-long summer Technology and Learning Institute, designed to educate faculty regarding their use of technology in the classroom.
All Choate students are required to have a later generation iPad per the requirements posted annually and are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop as well. 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 Information Place (CHIP) 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.