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Essential to teaching and learning technology is a key component of the Cushing education. Our wireless campus allows students to work virtually anywhere. Our classrooms are equipped with SMARTBoard technology, and our digital library gives students access to millions of texts and datasources from computers and e-readers. On our intranet, faculty post syllabi and assignments, and students and parents can track assignments, progress, and school information. Lesson plans are brought to life within our learning management system which also provides for online assesments in the classroom for immediate student to teacher feedback.

The Cushing Laptop Program was established to enhance our students’ education and learning opportunities, and to ensure success in today's information-rich world. Our Laptop Program also encourages personal growth by helping students improve their skills in communication, organization, media literacy, research, writing, and technology. Laptops are one of the required school supplies at Cushing, we feel the advantages a laptop with airplay and access to apps in our environment is the best tool. In the third year of a three year pilot program all full-time teaching faculty at Cushing will have an iPad as well as a laptop. We have been patiently and thoughfully examining the ipad along with laptops to determine the viability of a two device model. The Academic Technology Committee will examine which device we feel might be more appropriate as a single tool based model or if we need two devices moving forward.

Cushing purchases Apple Macbook Pro 13” laptops for our faculty, which is the recommended model for the entire community. The Technology Office will provide loaner service on a first-come, first-served basis for students using this model with an active Apple Care warranty. (The maximum three-year Apple Care warranty is recommended.) Students may bring a laptop model of their own choosing that meets the minimum requirements listed below, but these will not be supported or serviced by the Technology Office.



Additionally, all students enrolled in a mathematics course are required to own a Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus or TI-84 graphing calculator.
Web Browser: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Firefox.

Wifi Connectivity: 802.11 A, B,G or N wireless card.

Good Working battery with ability to last through the academic day.

Antivirus:
Your machine must be running a current active virus protection application.

VGA dongle/adapter:
You must be able to connect to the audio visual systems in the classrooms for presentations. These systems use a VGA connector, be sure to bring the proper dongle/adapter to connect your machine or device. If using an Apple laptop with Mountian Lion or above you will not need an adapter of this type as you can connect via the Apple TV's utilizing Airplay.

Microsoft Office compatible software:
Faculty at Cushing use Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint as well as the iWork suite of applications on Macbook Pro laptops. You should be able to format your papers, spreadsheets and presentations so teachers are able to receive them in the format they desire when submitted. Cushing provides access to Google Apps via a single sign-on from the portal pages as well as free access to the Office 360 apps for students on MyCushing.

Video Production software:
Software with the ability to make videos for class assignments.

English Language Support:
for assistance with network issues and software your machine or device must be in English.

Windows 7 or Mac OS X
- for assistance with network issues and software support you must be using one of these operating systems. We highly recommend for Mac OS X machines the operating system be Mountain Lion or above to take advantage of the features of Airplay in our classrooms.

Highly Recommended:

Support Package: If you decide to bring your own machine or device and not participate in the support program be prepared to support your machine or device. Bring your CDs, receipt from purchase, serial number and literature from your machine so you can contact the manufacturer in case of issue. This will be the responsibility of the student if you don't bring a machine purchased through the Cushing Laptop Program.

8GB USB Flash Drive:
Drive to be used for collaborative projects in class and backup storage of homework files. Additionally, the school provides storage space for all users on a file server for backup of school related work.

Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430
978-827-7000
admissions@cushing.org

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy is a coed, college preparatory day and boarding school for grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in and out of the classroom through outstanding academic, art and athletic offerings. Visit our welcoming community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.

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