The centerpiece of our technology system is a school-wide wireless network that allows students with laptops to connect to the Internet and a Windows 2008 Terminal Server from any location where there is an Internet connection. This technology ensures that all students, regardless of their hardware at home, can use the full capabilities of our server from any Windows or Apple based machine.
While many students use a laptop along with our wireless network, they can also use our computer lab equipped with 12 Google Chromeboxes. There are also several Apple computers that serve as video and photo editors, and a couple of stand-alone computers that serve other specialized functions.
In addition, teachers may use various online resources to help develop their students’ capabilities in critical thinking. Modeling programs like Stella help students to increase their knowledge of systems science. A host of other applications connect the students to the world around them. All members of our community have Gmail accounts equipped with GSuite apps (Drive, Calendar, Classroom, etc) where they can store and share information with each other.
Changes in technology come about very quickly. Vermont Commons School has chosen to invest in a technological infrastructure that provides a basic level of access to our servers while making it possible for our community to take advantage of a host of online resources and programs allowing for improved social networking, computer modeling, knowledge construction, and communication.