"We have been a 1-1 laptop program for 22 years (since 1993). With that volume of experience, every constituency in the school -- administration, teachers, students and parents -- have identified technology that improves the experience for the learner."
--Steve Cooney, Head of DVFS Science Department

"The technology took the shame out of having difficulty with spelling. Integrating technology into the curriculum helped me understand that there are other ways of doing things - tools that can help students focus on potential rather than on problems. I use technology in my own classroom all the time now."
--Elaine Replansky, Class of 1997

"My LD didn’t hold me back at DVFS because I was able to use the computer for everything in school and I didn’t have difficulty doing homework or tests or papers."
--Emily Livingston, Class of 2008


"The biggest difference coming to DVFS was that there was so much more hands on learning mixed with classroom learning. We used computers across the curriculum, not just in a computer class."
--Larry Galloway, Class of 2010


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Technology Hardware @DVFS


Hardware

Inside the classroom, students interact with specialized instructional hardware every day, including:

  • Digital document cameras
  • LiveScribe Smart Pens
  • iPods for tests and exams

These tools have been integrated into classrooms across the curriculum to create an optimal learning environment specially designed for students with learning differences, including dyslexia (reading disability), ADD/ADHD, dysgraphia (writing disability), dyscalculia (math disability), auditory processing and executive function challenges. Our use of assistive technology is strategically integrated throughout the student's learning experience.

Software

Students are exposed to standard features in mainstream software products, but go beyond the basics to maximize all of the assistive technology features built into these products:

  • Evernote audio recording
  • Keynote animation
  • Voicethread - audio and video feedback
  • Acrobat and QuickTime audio playback
  • Inspiration visual organization of ideas and concepts
  • Google Apps for Education

Specialized assistive software applications designed to accommodate specific learning differences are also an important aspect of the technology at DVFS, including:

  • Quizlet (digital flash cards)
  • Dragon Dictate (speech to text)
  • Learning Ally Readers (audio text books)

As part of our Arts program, DVFS offers access to the latest software applications for digital photography, graphic arts, animation and music composition.

We intentionally integrate mainstream and assistive technology throughout the student's learning experience.



"I like that the bar is high and the tools are given to each student to succeed."
DV Parent



Delaware Valley Friends School welcomes students in grades 3 - 12 with learning differences, particularly in reading (dyslexia), writing (dysgraphia), math (dyscalculia), memory (long-term and work­ing), processing speed, ADHD and executive functioning challenges.

Delaware Valley Friends School
19 E. Central Avenue, Paoli, Pennsylvania 19301
Phone: 610.640.4150
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