The Curricular Technology program (ctp)
Students use a hybrid tablet device as part of Williston’s Curricular Technology Program, or CTP, which is designed to bring consistent technology to campus so that students can quickly and easily access the digital tools they need to succeed, and in the process not just keep up with the latest innovations but use them in their education.
Preparing students for success in college and beyond in the 21st century means teaching them how to take full advantage of information technology. The CTP puts the latest computing technology into the hands of every student and teacher and bring important systems—OneDrive, OneNote, and video and audio conferencing—right into the classroom. The goal is to teach students how to use technology with purpose, passion, and integrity.
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The Curricular Technology Initiative (CTI) allows students to take full advantage of the software and systems Williston has in place on campus to both complement and expand their education. By using such programs as OneDrive and OneNote—on campus, at home, or anywhere else—students are able to collaborate effectively with teachers and each other and learn important organizational skills. Through this mission-driven program, students learn how to use technology with purpose, passion, and integrity in an anywhere, anytime environment.
Williston’s connection to the Internet is 200 Mbps. Students are able access the network wirelessly in all of their classrooms and dorms.
Every student and teacher at Williston uses the same device, the Microsoft Surface Pro. This provides consistency in the academic experience in all classrooms and dorm or home. The Surface Pro is a tablet with a detachable keyboard running Windows 8 with native stylus capability.
Students are welcome to bring computers with them to school. However, the tablet device will be what they will use to access CTI’s key features.
Williston has a fully staffed technology department equipped to handle most computer-related support issues. If an issue arises with the Surface Pro that cannot be addressed in a timely manner, the student will receive a replacement immediately.
Yes. Digital textbooks, or ebooks, provide additional functions such search and annotation. They also are much less heavy to carry than traditional textbooks and often cost less.
Yes. The CTI is designed to enhance the educational experience of every student, and having everyone access common software and services through a common device is an important part of the program. Collaboration through the use of a common device is a key element of the CTI.
While students have access to the device, students will not own it. Therefore, we ask that students refrain from putting stickers or any other decoration on it. You can, however, personalize the desktop and load on applications.
The fee, comparable to that charged by many of Williston's peers, will cover access to the personal device and software licensing. In addition, it will help to provide the resources to implement wireless access across campus.
The Surface Pro has a full-sized keyboard. Any work that can be done on a laptop will be able to be done on the tablet. An advantage of the program is that you do not have to supply your child with a laptop because the tablet device will do everything a traditional laptop can do—and more.
With digital textbooks, OneNote and the full Microsoft Office suite, email, and WillyNet, students will use their devices every day.
Williston’s faculty have been using school-issued laptops with standard Microsoft software since 2004, the same year that a learning management system was put in place at the school. Every classroom is equipped with wireless access, an interactive white board, and an audio/video system.
As a result, Williston’s faculty is well-versed in computer technology, and many teachers have successfully integrated computer technology into their teaching in various ways. The CTI is the next step in fully integrating technology into teaching and learning in a pedagogically sound, deliberate manner.