Nativity’s commitment to technology is evident through the use of computers and digital applications in all classrooms. Not only do our students have access to technology, but they have teachers who have been trained to integrate computers into the curriculum. Students use computers for research, presentations, skills practice and assessment, and word-processing.
- Our computer lab consists of 28 SunRay 270’s and SunRays 3i’s.
- We have an additional 95 SunRays in the classrooms, with an average of six computers per classroom
- All classrooms grades 1-8 have an interactive SmartBoard
- All classroom teachers have a new (less then 2 years old) laptop running Windows 7 to use with in their classrooms and with their SmartBoard
- The building has wireless Internet access
- Nativity is using Google Apps for Education for email, websites, calendar and document sharing among faculty and staff and students in Grades 1-8.
- All instructional staff have a website hosted by Google Sites as part of Nativity’s Google Apps suite
- Nativity currently has nine servers that through vitalization are broken down into 16 virtual machines.
- All servers are running Windows Server 2008 R2 on our servers.
So what is a SunRay? A SunRay is a large, flat panel monitor, keyboard and mouse. There is no internal hard drive, no fan and SunRays use only about 4 watts of electricity, where a traditional desktop or laptop uses 60-70 watts. A SunRay’s life span is about 15 years compared to that of a desktop or laptop which is typically 3-4 years. The SunRays themselves never need software updates. All software updates are performed and delivered to the SunRays by Nativity’s six servers. On the rare occasion a SunRay has a hardware issue, it requires only 2-3 minutes to replace the malfunctioning SunRay.
Nativity School is proud to partner with Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions (CBTS). CBTS works closely with Nativity to ensure we have the best possible infrastructure and technology for our students.