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Technology at Notre Dame Prep centers on the belief that sensible technology—that is technology that advances learning goals—can enhance teaching, motivate learning, and prepare students to meet the technological demands of higher education and the workplace. Faculty and students use technology to  develop meaningful 21st-century skills, such as communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving. Throughout our campus-wide wireless environment, the integration of technology is woven into the NDP curriculum, and students receive a state-of-the art education adaptable to whatever path their lives take after graduation.

In 2006, the NDP Upper School became a fully implemented wireless laptop learning environment.  To that end, all incoming grade nine students are required to have fully operational laptop-equivalent devices running either Apple OSX or Microsoft Windows).  Each January, the minimum requirements for hardware and software are published.

Students may purchase their own device meeting the published minimum requirements or they may purchase through the NDP Technology Purchase Program.  Annually, NDP offers a vetted Microsoft Windows device for purchase as a cost of approximately $1,200.  Purchasing through NDP’s program includes full hardware and software on-site Help Desk support from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, on-site manufacturer hardware replacement parts (usually within 24 hours turn-around), a laptop loaner program, and all software upgrades for Microsoft products while the student is enrolled at NDP.

In addition, all incoming 9th and off-grade Upper Level students are required to attend one of two, three-day summer Laptop Camp and Orientation sessions in preparation for high school, regardless if they purchased their devices through NDP’s program or not.   These sessions are filled on a first-come first-served basis.

Technology Mission statement

To infuse technology into the NDP experience in order to enrich our students’ learning, broaden the perspective from which they view the world, and empower them as they move beyond our walls, while encouraging and promoting 21st century technology skills and digital citizenship.

technology resources

Teachers and students use computers in their instruction and day-to-day communication through Blackboard, a course delivery solution that is prominent in US colleges. Blackboard brings all course content to each student’s personalized dashboard. It features a password-protected secure collaboration environment with tools like wikis, blogs, discussion boards, journals and file sharing, as well as instant access to homework and class lessons.

All students have on-campus and at-home access to a myriad of paid-subscription research databases through our Library department, which enable students to access accurate, current and filtered content in each core-subject area. In addition, students may access an on-demand video database system called SAFARI Montage, which provides thousands of premier educational video for their school projects.

In addition to the 1:1 laptop program in the Upper Level, NDP has several computer labs throughout campus, including labs for writing and publications, architectural drawing, and a multimedia lab for the Language Department.  There is also an Apple iMac lab for photograph editing and graphic design.

Through our STEAM initiative (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), interactive projectors have been placed in all Upper Level classrooms.

A new Engineering laboratory opened in 2011, bringing computer-aided design software and a hands-on experience for imagining, designing and creating. Continued partnerships with Northrup Grumman, Johns Hopkins and Towson Universities, the National Security Agency and other institutions in the Baltimore area engage our students with topics like computational linguistics, programming, cyber threats and security, privacy and digital citizenship, just to name a few.

Middle level technology

In the Middle Level, students are able to utilized diverse NDP-owned equipment, including a laptop cart and standalone devices in the Innovation Technology Lab.   All Middle Level classes have access to these computers for application-specific programs in their classes.   Students are highly encouraged to participate in the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program explained in the next section.

All Middle Level classrooms are equipped with interactive projectors, which allow students to be actively engaged in the whole learning experience.   Teachers develop lesson incorporating hands-on creative problem solving and explorations for all types of learners – from those who are advanced in the subject and can quickly move from program to problem – to those who need more time reviewing each problem solving step.

Middle Level byod

 In 2013, NDP implemented a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program in the Middle Level.   Students are strongly encouraged to bring a computer device to campus on a daily basis.   By allowing students to use their own BYOD technologies, students are able to take notes, perform research, modify live documents during student collaboration work sessions, access files and utilize her device before and after school for homework and studying.

Each year, devices which students bring as part of this program are registered on a separate wi-fi system for the BYOD program.  For the 2018 academic year, the minimum requirements for device specifications include a 9.7” diagonal screen and an attached keyboard.   The device may be a Windows laptop or tablet running Windows 8.1 or later, a Macbook running OSX El Capitan or Sierra, an iPad Air/Air2/Pro running iOS 10.1 or later or a Chromebook with the latest operating system.   These minimum requirements are reevaluated each academic year and are published in advance.

 

Technology Staff

Six staff members service NDP's technology program, including a Technology Director, an Assistant Director, a Network Administrator, an IT Support Specialist, and two part-time Help Desk Technicians.

In the Upper Level, the Student Technology Advisors (STArs) staff the NDP Technology Help Desk and provide technical support to students, faculty, and parents during lunch mods.