Technology plays a critical role in 21st century learning. In support of the School’s mission, we strive to equip the Haverford community with current, high quality, and secure technology-based services. We seek to provide a learning environment which enhances the classroom experience, improves educational outcomes, and stimulates the growing connection between technology and learning. With the goal of preparing young men to live and work in a dynamic global society, we use state-of-the-art resources to provide the most effective and efficient technology solutions for managing the business of schooling.
In 2014, we upgraded our network infrastructure to provide high-performance connectivity throughout all campus buildings and support for a 1:1 deployment of wireless devices, as well as the numerous mobile devices, Apple TVs, video conferencing, email and file sharing, and increased video streaming happening across the campus. We support a campus wide 10 Gigabit fiber-optic network with AC wireless capability in all campus buildings. We offer Internet access at the 200 Mb bandwidth level, and Internet II video-conference equipment in a conference room or via a mobile cart. Our servers support a campus wide SIS database, LMS (learning management system), networked software applications, home directories, and print and scanning services for all employees. We offer a cloud solution for email, calendaring, and document sharing. We support a new VoIP phone system that allows us to take advantage of features like Fax to desktop and voice to email, and mobile communication devices for the administration and staff.
The Technology Department provides technical support for faculty, staff, and administration in their use of computing devices, meeting rooms, A/V equipment, application software, and communication devices. We provide instruction and support for faculty and students in educational software and best practices for the effective use of instructional technology to advance student learning.
Each classroom is equipped with a phone, interactive whiteboard, mounted projector, speakers, and a computer for each faculty member. In classrooms, boys have access to a variety of digital tools to curate information, analyze critically, collaborate globally, create presentations, and contribute to society.
Our Lower School has a 1:1 ratio of students and chrome devices. We have implemented a 2:1 iPad pilot program in our Kindergarten classrooms and have a cart of iPads available to all lower school students through the Library Commons.
We have a 1:1 ratio of students and devices for our 6th grade through Form II students. Form II students are also invited to participate in our BYOD program (Bring Your Own Device). Art and music classrooms are equipped with Apple devices for multimedia and music composition projects.
There is a mandatory BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program in the Upper School. We provide short and long-term device loaners as needed. We maintain a multimedia lab in the Art Department with 14 MacBook Pros. There are additional PC laptop carts in the Math and Science departments for student use.