|The Peddie School is proud of its reputation as a leader in the use of technology. Peddie was one of the first secondary schools to create an extensive local area network connecting most major campus buildings back in 1993. Internet access came in 1994, before most people had even heard of the Internet.|
However, the Peddie School is not a technology school; rather, we are a school that embraces the use of technology in all aspects of school life. We have made this firm commitment to technology because it demonstrably improves the quality of a Peddie student's experience in many direct and indirect ways.
The most obvious direct way is using technology in courses, both in and out of the classroom. Technology enhances coursework in countless ways and makes students more active, powerful participants in their own education. Although our philosophy is to encourage the use of technology, we trust faculty to make the ultimate decisions regarding appropriate uses.
Perhaps the most powerful use of technology is its ability to facilitate communication. Technology is used to facilitate communication in a myriad of ways here at Peddie.
An often overlooked, but certainly not less important benefit of technology is its ability to improve productivity. The time saved by intelligent uses of technology allows everyone at Peddie to spend more time on that which is most important.
A hallmark of technology at Peddie—and one of the primary reasons for our success—is that we actively encourage experimentation by students, as well as by faculty and staff. If a new use of technology looks promising, we run with it and then evaluate. Whether the idea succeeds or fails, we learn valuable lessons and never let failures discourage future experimentation.
Our laptop program was a natural result of this philosophy; students are free to experiment on this uniform platform, which we can support in a way that would be impossible if students were working on their own individual computers. With our current support model, no matter what the problem, a student is never without a working laptop for more than a few hours.
At Peddie, our ultimate goal with respect to technology is that it will be taken for granted. Toward that end, we continually strive to make it as easy to use and as reliable as possible. We want members of the Peddie community to use it organically whenever and wherever appropriate with no more thought than they give to turning on a light when they enter a dark room.
|"Our strategy is to share responsibility whenever possible, although each of us has a special focus. In addition, a number of student volunteers work on various tasks around the Tech Room, fixing laptops, helping users, researching and creating Web pages, among other things." |
—Tom Phelan, I.T. Director
Director of Technology
Tom joined the Peddie School as Director of Technology in 2001 with 20 years of experience in independent schools both in and out of the classroom. He is responsible for managing all aspects of technology at the Peddie School.
Laptop Fleet, Help Desk, and Telecomm Manager
Richard manages our laptop fleet, help desk services, and all of our voice systems including our Siemens PBX. Richard also provides general technical support to faculty, staff and students.
Administrative and IT Support
Betty provides general technical support and handles many of the administrative tasks involved with maintaining our laptop fleet. Betty divides her time between the Technology Department and the Health Center.
Data Manager and Special Projects
Rebecca is the data manager for our Blackbaud student information system database and handles a number of special projects. In addition, she manages all user accounts, Google Apps, technical aspects of our websites, and all campus copiers. Rebecca also provides general technical support to faculty, staff and students.
Network Infrastructure Manager
Tweendeni manages all aspects of our network infrastructure including servers, switches, routers, firewalls, and network management devices. Tween also provides general technical support to faculty, staff and students and coaches our JV Girls Basketball team.
Systems Manager and IT Support
Ivano manages our classroom AV systems and many of our mission critical server applications and Windows Server services. Ivano also provides general technical support to faculty, staff and students.
Laptop Technician and IT Support
Theresa is our primary laptop support technician. Theresa also provides help desk support and general technical support to faculty, staff, and students.
Director of Academic Technology
Emily works with our academic leadership team to establish and support strategic goals for using technology in a way that most effectively supports the mission of the Peddie School. Emily also works directly with faculty, staff, and students to support these goals.