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Information Services
Few schools have as noteworthy a reputation as Worcester Academy when it comes to putting technology into the hands of students.
 
From our one-to-one laptop program, to our integration of cutting edge technology into the curriculum, to our use of social media, Worcester Academy is preparing students for the real world and for success in the 21st century like no other independent school.
 
For Worcester Academy students, digital citizenship and responsibility are themes they hear from day one regarding technology and its value in teaching, learning, and communicating. In addition to gaining proficiency in the use of various applications and programs, students come to appreciate the role technology plays both in and out of the classroom and across every discipline.
 
Along with our laptop program (students keep their laptops throughout the day and take them home at night), technology highlights include: Smartboards and LCD projectors in most classrooms; robust wireless and wired networking throughout campus; dormitory common rooms with computers and printers; and school email addresses and network accounts to back up files.
 
Additionally, the school website provides parents and students with access to PowerSchool where, once logged in, they can follow their child's progress throughtout the year. Families also have access to the NAVIANCE college counseling dashboard, to our CampusConnect announcements and calendars page, to daily homework assignments, and to the library’s online resources.
 
Supporting Worcester Academy in all aspects of technology innovation is the Information Services Department, the offices for which are located in the basement of Walker Hall.
Laptop FAQs
Q. Who gets a laptop?
A. All students enrolled at Worcester Academy are assigned a laptop.

Q. When will students receive their laptops?
A. Students will receive their laptops in the first few weeks of the academic school year.

Q. Who owns the laptops?
A. The laptops are purchased by Worcester Academy.  Beginning in 2010, each family will pay an annual fee no greater than $600 as part of the program.

Q. Do students need to return their laptops?
A. Yes.  Students are required to return their laptop at the end of each school year.  This allows the Information Services staff to service the laptop and apply software updates in preparation for the following school year.

Q. What type of laptop will students be receiving?
A. Student will be receiving a 13.3 inch MacBook.  This may be subject to change given updates to the Apple laptop line.

Q. Can students bring their laptops home?
A. Yes.  Students must have their laptops at school each day but should bring their laptops home every afternoon for use with homework and other projects.  The laptops should also be charged nightly so they have a full charge in the morning.

Q. What will the laptops be used for?
A. The laptops will be used for a variety of different functions.  Teachers will take advantage of the laptops as part of their teaching, assignments, and projects.  Students will also use their laptops to complete homework assignments, research and checking his or her email daily. But most importantly, we believe that putting technology in the hands of our students provides our faculty with the greatest flexibility to deliver a real world education.

Q. How often will laptops be used?
A. The laptops are a tool to support learning. Teachers will determine when using the laptop is appropriate. We anticipate increased usage as students and faculty become more familiar with the computers. However, technology will not be used simply for the sake of it.  It will only be used when and where appropriate – therefore in situations where it enhances and extends the learning process.

Q. Will students need fewer books now that they have laptops?
A. Many resources are currently available online and students will have access to many more sources using the laptops.  Some classes will not require textbooks at all and will instead pull only from online resources.  However, most classes will continue to use the traditional textbook.

Q. Where is wireless available on campus?
A. Wireless is available in all academic buildings on campus, as well as the student center.  Each wireless access point has the ability to support 500 simultaneous users.
More FAQs
1-to-1 Laptop Program
Overview
The 1-to-1 Laptop Program, school-wide beginning in 2010, is an innovative program that provides a laptop to each student.  Research has shown that students with laptops are more active learners and more readily engage in problem solving and critical thinking.  In addition, research has indicated that students with laptops develop better writing and computer skills.

For additional questions or information, please contact Jason Epstein (Chief Information Officer).

This page provides helpful links to documents about the program and answers many of the frequently asked questions.
Who We Are
Jason Epstein
Chief Information Officer
508-754-5302 Ext. 196

Paul Carilo
Network Administrator
508-754-5302 Ext. 154

Christophe Masumbuko
Hardware/Software Administrator
508-754-5302 Ext. 207

Meghan MacDonnell
Database Associate, Scheduler
508-754-5302 Ext. 182

Christine Nichols
Data Services Administrator/Webmaster
508-754-5302 Ext. 148

Robin Peretzian
Audio/Visual Services Administrator
508-754-5302 Ext. 549
 
WORCESTER ACADEMY is a co-ed day and boarding school for grades 6 to 12 and postgraduates. Our historic urban setting, diverse community, and challenging curriculum provide students with a solid, real-world education.