Tech in the Classroom

Technology is inescapable. It’s all around us. And it’s always changing. It’s critical for students to learn the technology of today, while also being prepared for that of tomorrow. At OLP, technology is integrated into the classroom experience—providing students the ability to learn technology firsthand in a tech-equipped learning environment.

In 2014-2015, OLP will require that all students have access to the tools of the 21st century via a mobile device. To support teachers with appropriate and ongoing instructional strategies and professional development, OLP is partnering with the Mobile Technology Learning Center of USD’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences. With respect to OLP’s mission and the economic diversity of our families, OLP is not mandating the specific device each student uses, but rather, has adopted a BYOD policy. More information on the BYOD policy is available.

OLP families will no longer be charged a book rental fee as part of their tuition in 2014-2015. Instead, families will be purchasing textbooks directly from our online database. OLP has partnered with ESCO in the acquisition and distribution of textbooks. We believe that this will allow our families more options insofar as how students access their course text materials, and it provides greater economic options for families.

During the 2010-2011 school year, OLP made a transition to Google Apps for Education. Introducing these new tools to the faculty allowed for greater collaboration amongst teachers of like classes to facilitate planning and allowed for greater creativity while developing lessons. Now that the faculty and staff have gained experience using a variety of apps, we are ready to launch access to the entire student body. This year all OLP students will be given a Gmail account to access the many powerful tools Google has to offer.