Technology updates on the horizon

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Freshman Alyssa Williams uses her iPad for a class assignment.

Freshman Alyssa Williams uses her iPad for a class assignment.
Freshman Alyssa Williams uses her iPad for a class assignment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notre Dame Preparatory wants to create a more flexible and creative technology environment next year, according to Mr. Jason Jordan, the new IT Director.

The school will have a Bring Your Own Device — BYOD — policy next year for juniors and seniors, Principal James Gmelich announced at the last school Mass in May. He said details will be given in August.

Additionally, the NDP website is being redesigned, and the school hopes to launch it this summer, according to Ms. Shelley Baugh, the NDP webmaster and social media specialist. Baugh said the URL will be shortened to www.ndpsaints.org.

She said school officials decided to redesign the website after surveying the NDP community about what they would like to see changed.

“We have fully redesigned the site to provide NDP with a more robust tool,” Baugh said.

She explained that the website will have an online calendar, an advanced event registration system, an online varsity shop, and a responsive design that will be mobile friendly.

“Not only will there be added services to the site, but the design and pages have been refreshed as well,” Baugh said.

Along with the website, there will be equipment changes on campus next year, accordig to Jordan, who replaced Frank Ryan, who left this spring to take a position in the private industry.

Jordan said the school wants to make the classrooms more dynamic and flexible.

He added that the school wants to improve the iPad program as well as to update existing technology.

“There will be printing from iPads next year and improved apps,” Jordan said.

He also explained that they are going to improve the technology in the classrooms that juniors and seniors use because they do not have iPads. Jordan said the specifics on which equipment have not been worked out yet.

Regardless of what is updated and improved, Jordan said the main goal is to enhance technology for teachers’ instruction and students’ learning.