Technology is an essential tool for teaching and learning at Fenn. Digital resources, including mobile media, are supported throughout the library with individual access to power and wireless data.
Throughout the entire Fenn campus, boys are:
- creating iMovies to reflect on literature and historical events
- producing podcasts of chapters from The Odyssey
- utilizing Google Earth and Skype to become more globally knowledgeable in social studies
- relying on electronic notebooks in science classes
- reading on Kindles
- creating literary musical accompaniment on iPads and GarageBand
- programming TI-graphing calculators in math
- employing devices such as spectrometers and Vernier temperature probes to conduct science experiments
- mastering our state-of-the-art tech booth in the meeting and performance hall and in music classes
- composing with the aid of Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)
- teaching themselves how to play the piano with the use of virtual keyboards
- blogging in all levels of English class
- been honored in regional and state FIRST Lego Robotics championships
- converted a car's diesel engine to run on used vegetable oil as part of a sustainability initiative
- designed and built a solar iPad charger
“We teach boys how to use technology effectively and appropriately, including lessons on digital safety and responsible use of technology. Being a good citizen is just as important in the digital world as it is in the ‘real’ world.” – Jeff LaPlante, Director of Technology
Using technology at Fenn means being a good digital citizen, and instruction comes largely from advisors, classroom teachers, and the librarians. Internet safety is addressed in the Student Life curriculum in grades six through nine, and programs on internet use are frequently available to parents.
Though technology is a valuable tool, Fenn strives to balance the digital and non-digital realms in a boy’s life. We continue to look at technology as a way to better accomplish what we have always tried to do at Fenn: help boys develop into thoughtful, articulate, and empathetic young men.