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.