Information TechnologyWe believe that technology is a tool to enhance a student’s learning and self-expression. It is neither a replacement for fine teaching, nor for person-to-person conversation and exchange of ideas.
We have modeled our computing technology around the philosophy that computers are an excellent way to find and explore new information, but that information gets processed and obtains meaning in our classrooms through the lessons and interactions with our outstanding faculty and students. The three main aspects of our technology embody this principle.
Our classrooms are equipped with projectors, speakers, multimedia computers, and computer modules for collaborative student use. Led by the faculty, classes are a shared experience enhanced by technology, but without the isolation and distraction that can result from the use of individual laptops.
Home access (Citrix Web Interface and Moodle)
Our Citrix Web Interface system allows students to “be at school” from just about any computer with an Internet connection. Students can access their personal files, any school software they need for their work, library databases, and e-mail from home whether they use Windows or a Mac. The data resides on the school’s servers, and only requires Web access from the home computer. This allows us to fully integrate our curriculum, providing multiple site access to homework as well as classroom materials electronically without the need to transport laptops or memory storage devices. Last year, over ninety courses used Moodle, U Prep's Web-based distance learning environment. Students can securely access class assignments, research resources, upload completed assignments, take on-line quizzes, and participate in classroom blogs and wikis though Moodle. Our technology department provides full tech support for both these systems.
Based on national technology standards, students are taught to use technology relevant to their current and future academic needs. This includes not only learning the mechanics of applications, but also research skills and ethical guidelines of information acquisition and use. Rather than stand-alone applications courses, we incorporate technology proficiency into the core curriculum.
“I always appreciated the challenges put forth at University Prep. There was always the expectation of success.” Ben, Class of 2006