Beyond individual tablet computing, the campuses are equipped with hundreds of computers, dedicated computer labs, and high-speed backbones to facilitate access to the digital world and clear the path toward discovery. The dedicated computer labs allow for focused instruction on various applications including word processing, graphics, database, spreadsheet, and presentation software, as well as serve as training areas for both students and faculty. They also support certain STEM coursework which may require more powerful computing capacity.
As students explore electives in the Preparatory School, they have opportunities to study graphic design, web design, computer applications, and computer programming. Moreover, collaborative instruction maximizes the benefits of the computer lab as students become experts with technology while working on individual subject area objectives. Additionally, this approach allows technology to be used not just as a goal in and of itself, but rather as a tool and a resource in developing higher level thinking skills.
As a leader in the integration of instructional technologies, Riviera has a long history of using technology to enhance the learning process. Our philosophy is rooted in the idea that technology, when used appropriately and responsibly, can yield great benefits. Technology is an integral component of our global community, and students must be adept at using these tools while developing critical thinking and analytical skills.
Riviera is proud to offer its students and faculty access to an impressive array of technological resources to support the curriculum and generate enthusiasm as well as meaningful learning experiences across all subject areas and disciplines.
While technology on campus is a main focus, it reaches well beyond the classroom. Tablets travel with the students, digital textbooks and resources are available anywhere and anytime, and cloud computing is ubiquitous. Moreover, our communications portal keeps parents and students up to date and on task by providing them with access to school information, including homework, assignments, course syllabi, student grades, and school news. All teachers communicate regularly with parents via email. While email is not intended to replace the personal touch and the personal communication for which Riviera is well known, it is an excellent tool to support the flow of information from the school to the home and from the home to the school.
All of our technology initiatives ensure that our students are equipped with the experience and expertise necessary for success today and tomorrow. They form strong academic foundations and skills and demonstrate Riviera's commitment to technological innovation and leadership.
Through a carefully designed approach, Riviera incorporates technology into various aspects of the daily learning experiences of our students. The school is proud to have access to a wide variety of subscription-based services which inject meaningful content and methodologies into education. Additionally, Riviera has adopted the use of online student response and assessment tools that are used in all classrooms. From writing to reading to science and math, the faculty and students have access to extensive resources which strengthen the curriculum.
Each student in third grade through twelfth grade receives an individual tablet computer for use both on and off campus. With this robust one-to-one computing experience, students have access to their digital textbooks, electronic note-taking, cloud storage and cloud computing, various apps, and other tools, allowing them to become true 21st century learners; they engage with information, with their peers, and with the faculty in new and exciting ways every day.
In preschool through second grade, classroom tablets are integrated into daily instruction for small group activity, centers, and integrated lessons.
A Computer Use Agreement must be read, thoughtfully considered, and signed by all students and their parents in order for network and Internet access to be granted. We insist on safe, efficient, ethical, and legal utilization of the network, resources, and Internet in the school.
Interactive white boards and document cameras are essential fixtures in every classroom setting and build even more dynamic, multimedia learning environments. Software and on-line curricular components are adopted and updated regularly to support coursework from the most advanced high school computer programming courses and engineering classes to the most basic math and reading programs in the early childhood levels.