Is it possible to simulate for students the eye-opening, transformative experience of international travel in a virtual format? Over Winter Break, Director of Global Education and Engagement Julia Dunbar and History Department Chair Dr. Megan Jones gave it a try.
Technology and 1:1 Program
Technology at Pingry seeks to both provide the community with technology resources, as well as teach the community the technology skills necessary for success. To accomplish the former, both campuses have fast and reliable WiFi networks, as well as programs in place to provide all faculty, staff, and students with the hardware and software they need. As for teaching technology skills, Pingry believes that people best cultivate these skills within the context of their work. Consequently, Pingry's technology program provides access and support for a variety of technologies and expects that students, faculty, and staff will use the best tool for the task. The Technology Team has 7 full-time employees in grades K-12 to help support this mission.
Student Technology Committee
In the Upper School, students may apply to be part of the Student Technology Committee (STC). STC students are involved in many aspects of school life, offering helpdesk support for faculty, staff, and students, as well as being a part of a variety of technology initiatives. STC students help with faculty training, act as beta testers for potential new hardware and software purchases, help update the website, create various media for distribution through social media (including an occasional drone flight!), and more.
In the Pingry School’s 1-to-1 learning environment, all faculty and students have access to a device.
As charged by our Curriculum Review, creating a 1-to-1 learning environment allows all members of the community “to resourcefully meet the challenges of an evolving academic, social, and technological world …” by
- Promoting development of collaboration, communication and information literacy skills
- Supporting more individualized student learning
- Creating opportunities for “just in time learning” through spontaneous access to information
- Extending the classroom beyond four walls
Google Apps for Education
Pingry is a Google Apps for Education school. All Faculty, Staff, and Students (5th grade and above) use Google Mail for email and use Google Drive for collaborating on work.