How Technology Enhances The Prep Education

At Fairfield Prep, we believe in preparing our students for a digitally-focused 21st Century. That means allowing them to develop technological skills to help them succeed both at Prep and in their lives beyond Prep.

In 2014, Prep launched a 1:1 iPad program that combined our classic, Jesuit education with the most up-to-date and advanced learning tools available. Today, our students utilize an array of software and online databases integrated with the iPad in every aspect of their Prep education — from learning in the classroom to reading texts to note-taking.Students receive their homework assignments and class notes from teachers in Schoology, annotate readings and submit assignments in Notability, and check their grades in NetClassroom. They purchase and access their textbooks digitally through iBooks, Amazon and other eText readers.

In all of our academic disciplines, technology is used as a way to enhance the learning experience. We do this by creating a hands-on and student-centered environment where students take ownership of their learning. In Foreign Language classes, Prep students utilize a computer-based listening and speaking software, enhancing their retention of grammar and vocabulary. In Biology, students link their iPads with Bluetooth-equipped microscopes allowing them to display on the screen what they’re viewing on the slide. In English courses, students compose video essays as a way to express themselves. In Math, students use a variety of programs and apps to investigate and discover theorems and mathematical rules on their own. In Social Studies, students use the fact that they have access to each of the hundreds of online databases that Fairfield University subscribes to to research historical topics.

Technology is also used in our extracurricular programs – our Robotics Team uses their iPads to help them program as they prepare and participate in regional competitions.

We believe in the iPad as a tool that streamlines the education process for our students while at the same time enhancing their learning experience.

Prep continues to add new technologies each year, including the introduction of a Computer Programming course in 2018 and new computer labs dedicated to Robotics and Foreign Language.

Frequently Asked Questions about 1:1 iPad Program

What is the Fairfield Prep 1:1 iPad Program?

Introduced in the 2014-2015 school year, all students at Prep are required to purchase an iPad, which is integrated with instruction at Fairfield Prep.

How are iPads utilized for educational purposes?

  • The array of iPad resources and apps make it a valuable tool in any classroom.
  • Students have access to various programs and apps that assist them in solving problems in science and math courses as well as different programs to enhance their ability to take notes within other courses such as English, the social sciences and foreign languages.
  • Use of the iPad also allows the teacher to better gauge students' grasp of the material during class so that a teacher may emphasize the material with which students may be struggling.
  • With the rapid development of e-textbooks, it makes sense for Prep teachers and students to make use of the array of resources available electronically.

Will an iPad Mini be acceptable?

No, an iPad mini will not be acceptable. Its screen is too small for our purposes.

Will students use electronic textbooks?

Each academic department compiles a list of electronic textbooks (“e-books”) suitable for use in its respective discipline. Many works, primarily in the field of literature, are available in the public domain for a small fraction of the cost of a printed book for the same work.

Will students still be required to purchase printed textbooks?

Print textbooks will be used only in those situations in which a suitable e-book cannot be found for a department’s specific requirements.

Which software programs and apps will my son be using?

  • Each student at Fairfield Prep uses a series of apps adopted by the school as "school-wide apps," including but not limited to Casper, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iMovie, Google Apps for Education, and Notability.
  • Each academic department also adopts "departmental apps" for use within the department's course offering

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For more information on how we integrate technology into our classrooms, download our Course Curriculum.

Course Curriculum