Technology at Rivers

Rivers has embraced the Apple iPad and pencil learning tool for both Upper and Lower Schools. Faculty and students use the iPad to take advantage of the vast amount of educational software offered through Apple’s app store. In addition, the school’s Technology Committee is charged with discovering new apps, tools, and practices that faculty can use to bring fresh ideas into their classrooms.

In September 2018, Rivers established a Center for Community and Civic Engagement, an academic resource housed in a large conference space that is outfitted with a large-screen, video conferencing system. Students and faculty use the system to connect with a wide range of individuals from outside the Rivers community who are willing to share their expertise and knowledge on various kinds of topics and subject areas.

For further information about technology at Rivers, please contact Director of Technology Jon Robinson at or (339) 686 - 4482.

Core Apps

Students and faculty in both the Upper and Lower Schools are equipped with iPads and are given access to a substantial list of applications. For some apps that are used extensively, students are helped to develop a list of key skills and are provided with suggested workflows, in-depth how-to videos, and ongoing training opportunities. For other apps, students are given access to a short overview video to shows its basic functioning and potential uses.

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  • View a full list of Core Apps used by The Rivers School here.

    Upper School
    The apps listed below will be required on all Upper School faculty & student iPads for the
    2018-2019 academic year:

    ● Google Drive & Docs/Sheets/Slides auxiliary apps - cloud-based file management
    ● Gmail
    ● Google Classroom
    ● Notability - note taking, lecture recording, annotation
    ● Quizlet - interactive, highly customizable flashcard tool Kahoot!
    ● Google Hangouts - live text/audio/video chat platform
    ● Calculator
    ● Desmos
    ● Poll Everywhere
    ● Team App

    Middle School
    The apps listed below are currently are used by Lower School faculty & students:

    Free Apps
    ● Apple built in apps; Pages, Numbers, KeyNote, Garage Band, iMovie etc…
    ● Google Suite; sheets, docs, slides, etc...
    ● Adobe Sketch
    ● Adobe Illustrator
    ● Amazon Kindle Book
    ● Creator One Desmos
    ● Duolingo
    ● Follet Virtual BackPack
    ● Khan Academy Overdrive
    ● Pearson e-text
    ● Pixlr
    ● Schoology
    ● ShutterFly Photo Story
    ● The Calculator
    ● Voice Record Pro
    ● ProMetronome
    ● Voice Recorder & Audio Editor
    ● Amazing Slow Downer Lite
    ● Lego Mindstorm for edu
    ● IXL Math and Language Arts

    Apps Paid
    ● Notability
    ● Flashcards Deluxe
    ● Tunable

Technology Office

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  • Photo of Jonathan Robinson

    Jonathan Robinson 

    Director of Technology
  • Photo of Marc Facella

    Marc Facella 

    Network Manager
  • Photo of Paul Karasch

    Paul Karasch 

    Assistant Dir. of Technology, Dir. Camp Nonesuch, Varsity Girls’ Cross Country & Varsity Track Head
  • Photo of Vinh La

    Vinh La 

    Help Desk & Application Specialist

Technology Office

In order to make learning productive, fun, and engaging, there must be a solid foundation on which all devices and apps reside. The Rivers Tech Office team takes pride in the fact that we have invested in the right hardware, services, and IT staff to facilitate and support the successful implementation of technology across the full breadth of the Rivers academic program.

In addition to their central role in maintaining a stable, robust network and managing devices across the whole campus, the Tech Office also collaborates closely with the Director of Academic Technology and Heads of the Middle and Upper School to ensure that emerging technologies are discussed and reviewed for pilot programs and implementation into the classroom. New hardware and software undergo a rigorous trial period before full adoption, including pilot programs within the Tech Office and with volunteer faculty. Interested faculty members are invited to propose hardware and software purchases for short-term demo in their offices and classrooms, during which time they receive regular support and training as needed from the Tech Office team.