The centerpiece of our technology system is a school-wide wireless network that allows students with laptops or other devices to connect to the Internet. This technology ensures that all students, regardless of their hardware at home, can use the full capabilities of our web-based applications from any Windows, Chrome, or Apple based machine.
Students in grades 8-12 generally bring their own laptop or tablet for use during the schol day. 6th grade faculty have school-based laptops for use with 6th grade classes as needed.
While many students use a laptop along with our wireless network, they can also use our computer lab equipped with Google Chromeboxes. There are also several Apple computers that serve as video and photo editors, and stand-alone devices that serve other specialized functions.
In addition, teachers may use various online resources to help develop their students’ capabilities in critical thinking. Modeling programs such as Stella help students increase their knowledge of systems science. A host of other applications connect the students to the world around them. All members of our community have Gmail accounts equipped with GSuite apps (Drive, Calendar, Classroom, etc) where they can store and share information with each other.
Changes in technology come about very quickly. Vermont Commons School has chosen to invest in a technological infrastructure that provides a basic level of access to our servers while making it possible for our community to take advantage of a host of online resources and programs allowing for improved social networking, computer modeling, knowledge construction, and communication.