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HGP Sets the Standard for Best Practices in Using Technology in the Classroom
Posted 07/21/2014 10:13AM


Starting with the Class of 2018, students will be required to bring a personal device to enhance the formation of young men at HGP.  The Class of 2018 will no longer be required to purchase textbooks.  Books will be provided through the school.  With BYOD or Bring Your Own Device, students will use their own computers or tablets for school purposes.  HGP will provide secure WiFi for the students to use.  Students will use their device in class and outside of classroom settings to stay organized, do research, and accomplish school related tasks, such as homework, projects, quizzes, and tests.

BYOD is the preferred policy for Colleges and Universities.  As a preparatory school, HGP wants to provide opportunities for students to prepare for college.  HGP is a traditional preparatory school that strives to prepare students for college.  Books and technology can be used together in a multimodal environment to enrich the learning process.  BYOD allows students to learn responsibility and decide which device is most comfortable to use.  Technology is a means to an end, not the end itself.  We don't want to waste classroom time on how to use a device.  Time is better spent on how to “read” information, rather than how to use a device.  HGP does not want to get locked into a long term contract that doesn’t meet the students needs and requires parents to pay for it.  One size does not fit all.  Students interested in Math and Science may choose a different device than students interested in Music and Art.

Students can spend what they feel comfortable spending on a device.  Rather than building money into the tuition, HGP grants the families the option to choose what works best for them.

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.

Professional Development

HGP faculty will be required to complete 40 hours per year of professional development related to technology.  Levels of proficiency in topics such as Google Apps, Schoology, ExamView, TurnItIn, and website development will be established.  Faculty can also create their own individualized tech plan to increase efficiency and take learning further.

Classrooms

HGP will begin “flipping” classrooms.  As the students and faculty spend more time on devices in the classroom, HGP will work to reconfigure the classrooms, to establish a more conducive learning environment.  This will allow faculty to make sure that the students are on task with their devices and students to be able to focus on the lesson.

School supplied functionality and security policy

HGP will supply high speed wireless internet throughout the campus so students and faculty can access all available resources.  HGP will also provide areas throughout the campus where students can charge their device safely and securely.  HGP has enough wireless access points throughout campus to accommodate every student using 2 devices (a phone and tablet).

Twelve members of HGP's Class of 2018, including these eight guys pictured, will continue their academic and athletic careers this fall.
Holy Ghost Prep's storied speech and debate program recently performed well on a pair of national stages. Brian Gabriele '18 (pictured) received special recognition as a four-time qualifier for NSDA Nationals.

Holy Ghost Preparatory School
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