At TVS we consider technology a tool for learning, not an end in itself. As outlined in our Technology Plan, our students use technology to develop skills in critical thinking; evaluating and organizing information; communicating; and collaborating.
All TVS faculty are issued third-generation iPads for their professional use. In addition, two iPad carts are available for use with students – one for lower school and one for middle and upper schools.
Trinity Valley School runs a state-of-the-art Windows network with a management system that creates customized desktops for teachers and students. Users can access all of their files and most software from any computer on campus. With over 500 workstations on campus, TVS students have more than ample access to computers.
- Five workstations in every classroom.
- Lower school technology lab.
- iPad cart for lower school classes.
- Twelve workstations in the lower school library.
Middle and Upper Schools
- Six middle and six upper school classrooms equipped with complete class sets of computers.
- iPad cart for middle and upper school classes.
- Twenty-four-station lab available to all classes.
- Instructional lab for upper school programming and graphic arts classes.
- State-of-the-art digital imaging lab for photography, art, and video-editing classes.
- Student workstations in journalism and yearbook classrooms.
- Eighteen workstations in the middle/upper school library.
Electronic Grade Reporting System
Parents are kept abreast of student progress conveniently through e-mail. Twice quarterly, grade reports are sent to all parents via the TVS electronic grade-reporting system. The easy-to-use system ensures continuous communication between parents and teachers. In addition, a parent/student smartphone app provides easy access to communications from teachers, as well as news and calendar resources.
Technology in the Classroom
Students and teachers have content-filtered, high-speed Internet throughout the campus, with wireless access in most locations. A wealth of educational and productivity software is available through the school's network. Students in grades five through 12 are provided with a secure school e-mail accounts. All students in kindergarten through 12th grade sign a computer usage agreement every year. Technology is fully integrated throughout the TVS curriculum in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Kindergarten students learn technology skills in the classroom through regular use of computer centers equipped with age-appropriate software. All lower school students attend regular computer class with the technology specialist. Activities reinforce and enhance their regular coursework and include keyboarding. The fourth-grade computer class provides a heavy concentration in keyboarding and productivity software skills necessary to prepare the students for middle school.
Technology skills are heavily integrated into the middle school curriculum, particularly in the fifth grade. Fifth- and sixth-grade students have a keyboarding refresher course the first quarter of the year. All middle school students use computers regularly in their coursework with a focus on productivity tools, graphic organizers, and multimedia presentations.
Upper school students use curriculum-specific software for a number of classes, and general productivity tools across the curriculum. Elective classes are also offered in computer graphics an animations and Advanced Placement Computer Science.