At TVS, we recognize that it is our responsibility to prepare our students for their future. While we do not know what specific technologies they will be using in ten years, we know that there are specific skills which they will need to carry them forward. Therefore, our teachers use technology in the classrooms to help students acquire these critical 21st-century Skills:
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Collaboration and communication
- Media and information literacy
- Creativity and innovation
We also recognize that our students live in a connected world. Therefore we have created for them a glide path toward a connected learning environment. Through these four programs, we are enabling our students to work and learn independently with wireless devices in the classroom.
Beginning in 2010 faculty had the opportunity to participate in Powerful Learning Practice, a year-long professional development experience which prepares teachers to teach in a connected environment. In 2012, each faculty member was issued an iPad. Since then, they have developed their own Personal Learning Networks and have worked to create lessons which empower students through technology.
ONLINE AND BLENDED LEARNING
We first offered an online course through Virtual High School as a pilot program in 2012. Since then nearly 70 upper school students have successfully completed one or more online courses through our partnership with The VHS Collaborative. In addition, two TVS teachers teach online classes and several have completed online professional development courses in Online and Blended Learning. This has led to the development of blended courses as part of the TVS curriculum.
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) PROGRAM
All students in grades 7 through 12 have access to the secure Student Wi Fi network and may bring their own wireless devices to school. Starting in the 2014-15 school year, students in grades 9 and 10 will be required to bring a laptop or tablet of their choosing to school. For more information, see Upper School Technology.
1:1 iPAD PROGRAM
Starting in the 2014-15 school year, students in grades 6, 7 and 8 will be required to bring an iPad to school. For more information, see Middle School Technology.