|In order for our students to be able to fulfill the expectation set by our mission statement for “our graduates to shape a changing world,” Miss Porter’s School must prepare them for the future by providing the appropriate tools and an abundance of opportunities.Technology provides an exceptional educational opportunity that is both relevant and essential to our students’ educational experience—at Porter’s and beyond. |
By integrating technology into our liberal arts curriculum, Porter’s affirms our promise to educate young women “to become informed, bold, resourceful and ethical global citizens.” All of our academic activities are fully supported by technology. Porter's has five computer laboratories, including the digital art lab, the language lab, two classroom labs, and the library lab. Computers are placed in classrooms based on the requirements of the department and teacher, with each classroom having at least one computer. Although most students bring their own computers for use in the dorms, the school maintains one computer in each dorm and day student room.
Porter's has a wireless and wired Ethernet network that supplies telephone and data services to every classroom, office, and dormitory room. Access to the Internet is via a high capacity, broadband connection. File servers and email services are maintained for communication and the sharing of information. All students are given a Porter's email account. A firewall and content filtering protect the network. Decisions regarding filtered content are made through faculty and administrative discussions.
To continue to excel in teaching our students what it means to be literate, participatory, and fluent in the tools of the 21st century, Miss Porter’s School commits to the following for the 2012-2013 academic year:
- We require each ninth and tenth grade student to own an Apple iPad 2 (or later) and AppleCare Protection Plan for their iPad. We recommend that every student own a cover or neoprene sleeve to protect the iPad.
- We will strongly recommend that every student own a laptop for access to full versions of word processing and content creation software. Specific models of PCs and Macs are required if support from the school is expected. The approved laptops include any Mac or U.S. purchased PC. All student computers must have up-to-date virus protection. Also, PCs and Macs need productivity software such as Microsoft Office, OpenOffice.org, or Google Docs.
- We will recommend that students consider purchasing an additional external drive for their laptop for the storage of personal files. (Server storage space assigned to every student for the purpose of backing up school-related items.)