Technology Center / Library
Technology at Xaverian High School strives to support the primary educational mission of the school while preparing our students in an ever more interconnected, online world. Technology is used throughout the curriculum to enhance communication and reinforce basic skills needed in personal and professional life. All of our classrooms have electronic Smartboards that allow our teachers to access content from around the globe in seconds while being able to provide our students not only with current events but breaking news. We have redesigned our web presence to further facilitate collaboration between our students, their parents and our faculty and are making use of such tools as GoogleApps, Naviance, JStore, Questia, SIRS and many other such sites that allow shared discussion, team building and a desire for knowledge for life. In order to help our students to establish a solid foundation, we provide both PC and Apple architectures that will ensure a comfort level with two diverse technologies and help them develop the skills and ability to adapt to changes in our modern world.
Xaverian’s technology is also designed to support ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for Students, NETS. (http://www.iste.org)
Technology Infrastructure Highlights:
- WiFi access throughout the school building. Access to the wireless network is restricted to school owned computers and properly registered student computers.
- Every Classroom is equipped with a computer and interactive SmartBoards and projection systems.
- The auditorium and computer labs facilitate collaboration and presentation of student work and faculty instruction
- There are over 250 computers throughout the building that are used by students, faculty and support staff.
- Nine IBM servers connected via a fiber backbone reduces lag time on file access.
- Increasing use of online resources and collaborative tools to facilitate communication by providing email accounts to every student and their parents.
- DeMatteis Hall is our large multi-purpose room where we provide for faculty professional development as well as a variety of student centered activities.
- Our Technology Center is open daily from 8am to 4 pm. This venue is open to all students to conduct their research and assignments.
- Teachers schedule their classes in the PC and Apple labs as needed.
Did you know that.....
the Library and tech center both have plenty of resources and online tools to help you make the grade? They are easy to access and use and available to help with your coursework! All account and logon information may be obtained from the Librarian.
1. QUESTIA: is an online library of books and articles as well as an entire reference set complete with a dictionary, encyclopedia and thesaurus . It also includes digital productivity tools for highlighting text, taking notes and generating footnotes and bibliographies. Every current student and faculty member has an account. Once you have logged on you may create your own unique username and password.
2. JSTOR: is an online archive of scholarly journals in both digital and print formats. In order to use this site you must first register through a secure token site. Instructions for registering are available at Mrs. Milkie’s desk in the library. Upon completion of the registration from the secure site, JSTOR may then be accessed from anywhere and at anytime by logging onto the JSTOR.ORG site and using the profile you created.
3. EBSCOHost: Is a series of databases which provide premium online information resources and research tools. We currently have 8 different databases that can be useful for both students and teachers as well.
4.. SIRS: is an online interface that provides integrated access to quality internet resources, documents, and full text books and articles from thousands of U.S. and international publications. The SIRS database includes:
· Knowledge Source– targeted resources for student research
· Renaissance– current perspectives on the Arts & Humanities– dynamic content in eight categories, exploring arts and cultures worldwide.
· Government Reporter– collects information published by and about the United States federal government.
· Researcher-delivers the pros and cons on today’s complex social issues with relevant, credible information that tells the whole story on the major questions of the day.
· is our digital card catalog. Books may be searched for by title, author or subject .
· instantly view from the over 11,000 titles we have available to take out. All books can be taken out for 2 weeks and of course can be renewed if a longer period of time is needed.
Daily Newspapers: New York Times Wall Street Journal
Currently in the library there are a variety of dictionaries, atlases, surveys, and volumes of encyclopedias that are available on all curiculum topics for use by all students.