In keeping with the objectives described in the Garrison Forest mission, we seek to meaningfully integrate technology into the lives of the Garrison Forest School community. GFS students, faculty, and staff use a variety of mobile devices, digital tools and applications in sophisticated and innovative ways. To this end, technology is fully integrated within the curriculum to promote connections, critical thinking and lifelong learning.
Garrison Forest believes that the use of digital technology can enrich the teaching and learning experience for all members of our community. We believe that competence comes through instruction and ample real-world experience in locating, evaluating, integrating and creating meaning from the vast amount of information available to our students. We are committee to providing our graduates with the skills and experiences to fully participate in a knowledge-based, global society.
Tech Use and Facilities
Our Preschool classrooms (Twos through Pre-Kindergarten) are equipped with SMART Boards and iPads. The Kindergarten, Pre-First, and Science classrooms in the Lower School are also equipped with SMART Boards, and students throughout the Division have access to iPads, iPod Touches, and laptop PC’s.
Students in grades Four through Middle School 8th Grade participate in a 1:1 Chromebook program and our Upper School has a “Bring Your Own Laptop” (BYOL) policy. Upper School families can also choose to purchase a computer along with support from a Garrison Forest approved vendor, DSR.
Should students want to read from an e-textbook, they are welcome to bring an e-reader (iPad, Nook, Kindle, etc.) to their classes. Click here for our Digital Device policy.
The Media Centers in the Middle and Upper Schools and the Digital Photo Lab in the Hathaway Fine and Performing Arts center provide students and teachers with high-end Macintosh computers for classes and general use. Students and faculty have access to scanners, color printers, digital cameras, iPads and specialized software including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Abobe Illustrator, and video editing software to work on various collaborative and creative projects.