Technology & Media

Just as technology is an integral part of our daily lives, it is an invaluable component of the Villa Joseph Marie experience. Villa's educators believe in the importance of a holistic education, and they make every effort to incorporate technological tools across the curriculum. Villa's Technology and Media staff work with our faculty to:

  • Help students pursue and achieve academic excellence by maintaining an environment that allows students to use current and emerging technologies effectively.
  • Support the community’s use of technology by selecting and obtaining appropriate hardware and software, providing staff development and training, and assisting with curricular development around technology.
  • Ensure safe, dependable access, so our community can connect to educational resources and information locally and globally.

Wireless Campus

WiFi-enabled classrooms, campus-wide network, and mobile wireless laptops

BYOD Policy

Bring Your Own Device policy for all students (laptops, tablets)


Integrated learning management app with student grading, teacher web pages, online assignments, and more

Library & Media Center

Offering print and online materials, reference tools, and free searchable databases

Teaching & Learning Apps

Software for a wide variety of subject matter, providing contemporary analytical/problem solving applications


Interactive SMART Board technology in classrooms


Texas Instruments interactive calculator software

Wireless Campus

Villa maintains a modern, safe, robust technological environment capable of supporting present and anticipated future needs. The school has designed and implemented a wireless network accessible to a variety of devices throughout the campus. Each Villa student is provided with an individual network account with accompanying file storage space on our server. School policies and best practices are explained to all students, who commit to abide by acceptable use policies, and act with an understanding of ethical and professional norms.

BYOD Policy

Following the lead of post-secondary institutions, Villa requires students to bring a personal learning device (tablet, notebook, or laptop) to school every day. As a college-preparatory school, our goal is to provide as many opportunities for students to prepare for college as possible. As the preferred policy of colleges and universities, "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) is another way for us to achieve that.

BYOD allows students to utilize their own device as a learning tool while connected to a secure, wireless network with filtered Internet access. Students using their own device gain the advantage of easily storing their work, organizing their notes, and consistently accessing Canvas and other class web pages. During instructional periods, appropriate use of the device will be determined by the teacher. During non-instructional time, students are encouraged to use devices in common areas, such as the library, cafeteria, and student lounge. Students are always responsible for their own equipment.

Smartphones and mobile devices do not meet our minimum requirements, and they are not acceptable devices under Villa’s BYOD or cell phone policies, as outlined in the Student Handbook. Students and their parents can spend what they feel comfortable spending on a device. Rather than building money into the tuition, Villa Joseph Marie grants the families the option to choose what works best for them.

Recommendations gathered from current students regarding devices:

  • Device needs a keyboard or the student will have trouble keeping up with the class.
  • Devices should be lightweight and have a screen of 10+”.
  • A spare battery or charger in school is important.
  • Test older devices to ensure they meet the needs of the student for learning at Villa. Any device with a slow wireless card, slow processor, or poor battery life will experience problems.

Please see our Technology & Media FAQ tab below for more information on acceptable and recommended devices.

Canvas for Students

Canvas is a learning management system (LMS) that allows teachers to provide instructional support, class calendars, assignments, and resources for students in a safe online environment. Canvas is an integral part of blended classroom instruction.

Refer to the handout you received from your homeroom teacher for Canvas student account instructions. If you have lost this information, please see Mrs. Hurlbert in Room 113.

To learn more about Canvas from a student perspective, see the resources below. A login account is not needed to access these training resources.

Canvas for Parents

Canvas is a learning management system (LMS) that allows teachers to provide instructional support, class calendars, assignments, and resources for students in a safe online environment. Canvas is an integral part of blended classroom instruction.

Canvas is a way to simplify teaching and learning by connecting all the digital tools teachers use in one easy place. Canvas tools were developed to be used online, on mobile, and on any device.

Reliability is paramount. That is why Canvas was developed as a true cloud-native solution, and hosted on the industry-leading Amazon Web Services. With a 99.9% uptime guarantee, you can depend on Canvas being available.

Villa Joseph Marie will pilot Canvas during the 2017-2018 school year. The following teachers are part of the pilot group: Mr. Bender, Ms. Brooks, Mrs. Carr, Ms. Chirico, Mr. D’Andrea, Mr. Gentile, Ms. May, Mrs. Neeld, Mr. Phethean, Mrs. Portelli, Ms. Preedy, Ms. Weaver, and Mr. Wisniewski.

Why Canvas?

Villa is following the lead of many high schools, colleges, and universities in adopting Canvas, which offers many benefits, including:

  • Strong support for Villa's pedagogical requirements and educational outcomes.
  • A clean modern interface for easy navigation.
  • Tools to assist faculty in creating opportunities for student collaboration, while facilitating deeper learning and the ability to build communities beyond the classroom.
  • Smooth transition from high school to today’s college/university online LMS environments.

Instructure Quick Facts

  • Founded in 2008
  • Launched Canvas in 2011
  • Launched Canvas Network in 2012
  • 1,100+ employees
  • Used by more than 3,000 universities, school districts, and institutions around the world
  • Selected by Cisco Networking Academy to power “the world’s largest classroom”

Recommended Browsers

For optimal performance while using Canvas, use a recent version of Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Google Chrome. Internet Explorer is NOT recommended.

Accessing Canvas

There are two ways to access Canvas:

  • Browse directly to This is the recommended method. Consider bookmarking/saving this web address as a favorite in your browser.
  • Drop down the Parents' Quick Links menu, which appears on the home page of Villa’s website.

Library & Media Center


The Villa Joseph Marie Library assists students in reaching their academic goals by exposing them to a wide variety of print and digital media. The primary aims are:

  • To provide students with library materials and services that are useful and meaningful in contributing to their intellectual, social, and spiritual growth.
  • To provide opportunities through library experiences for students to develop their personal interests and acquire desirable social attitudes.
  • To work with faculty in the selection and use of all types of library media materials that contribute to Villa's academic programs.
  • To help students become skillful and discriminating users of print and audio-visual materials, the Internet, search engines, and social media.

Media Center

Villa's media center is networked with Microsoft Server 2008 R2 and contains 24 state-of-the-art Intel Pentium desktops equipped with Windows 7 and Microsoft Office. Hard-wired and wireless network connections are available in every classroom, the cafeteria, Student Lounge, and throughout the entire campus. Our server downtime nears 0% on average.

Villa is committed to keeping its media center up-to-date by replacing student and teacher workstations every three years with new models. Operating systems and office suites are updated as well. Villa graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to be prepared for technology use in college and the workforce.

Teaching & Learning Apps

Through classroom projects and frequent exposure to a variety of technological tools and applications, Villa students attain 21st century skills, prepare for success, and achieve their goals in the competitive electronic age. Additionally, each Villa student is given an individual account for the following media resources, which feature extensive searchable databases ideal for research:

These accounts are free of charge and can be used on campus, on any personal device, and integrated into Canvas to further enrich and enhance learning opportunities.


Educational projection technology permeates Villa's learning environment. All classrooms are equipped with a SMART Board for both faculty and student presentations. Many teachers save their SMART Board notes as images and upload them into Canvas for additional student learning.

Villa’s faculty has begun “flipping” classroom lessons to further infuse content with technology. Villa is working to reconfigure learning spaces to create learning environments conducive to technology use.


Villa strongly recommends that every student purchase a TI-Nspire calculator, by Texas Instruments, for use not only in math classes, but across the curriculum. The TI-Nspire™ CX CAS provides algebraic capability to symbolically solve equations, factor and expand variable expressions, complete the square, find antiderivatives, and more, making it a robust hands-on learning tool that satisfies math and science curriculum needs. Its power and versatility have enabled it to be used at Villa for such diverse applications as allowing students to edit each others' writing in English class and letting the entire school vote for Student Council officers in a matter of minutes.

Technology & Media FAQ

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions regarding technology at Villa.

What are the minimum requirements for a device suitable for classroom use?

  • Windows 7 or later, but NOT Windows RT nor Windows 10 S. Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 are acceptable.
  • Device should have at least 1 USB port.
  • To ensure that the device will last for all four years at Villa, it should have:
    • At least 8GB or RAM (memory)
    • An Intel Core i3, Core i5, or Core i7 Processor.
  • Windows-based infrastructure. MacBooks are acceptable; however the student needs to be proficient in transitioning between the school's Windows-based network and Mac OS.

If a student already owns a device, does she need a new one?

No, as long as the device is functioning properly and is able to meet the minimum hardware requirements, a student may use a device that she already owns.

What are the software requirements?

Villa recommends software that supports word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation assignments. Canvas, Villa’s LMS, accepts most software versions. All other software will be provided by Villa.

How do I consent to let my daughter use a privately owned device at school?

When you and your daughter sign the annual Electronic Responsible Use Internet and Network Agreement through FamilyID at the beginning of the school year, you and your daughter agree to observe all guidelines established by Villa Joseph Marie for device use.

Is the wireless network available school-wide so that devices can connect easily?

Villa’s designated wireless network is visible to every user on the entire campus. Selecting it will initiate a prompt to enter a Wi-Fi password and to install a school-sanctioned certificate.

Are Villa’s wireless and wired network connections filtered?

Villa Joseph Marie is in compliance with CIPA (Children Internet Protection Act), Federal, and State laws by providing technology protection measures to ensure student safety. Villa uses WatchGuard Firebox to protect the network from threats and also manage appropriate content.

Will technical support be provided to help students with their privately owned devices?

No. There are many types of devices that could be brought to school as part of the BYOD program. Villa recommends purchasing an extended warranty program for such cases.

Will students be able to recharge devices during the school day?

Yes. Students are permitted to charge devices at school, if permitted by the classroom teacher. However, students should charge their devices at home daily to be sure they have sufficient power during the day.

Are students allowed to use their devices before or after school? During lunch? In the library? In the Student Lounge?

Yes. However, if the use of the device causes disruption in any setting, as determined by a supervising Villa staff member, the student will be directed to put it away.

Can students use another student's device?

No. According to Villa’s policy, only the owner is allowed to use her device. Students who share their devices make themselves vulnerable by revealing or sharing personal information.

Are students allowed to print from their personal devices?

No. Students are not allowed to print from their privately owned devices at school. Students are provided with internal network accounts and passwords to print to designated network printers.

How will theft, loss, or damage of a personally owned device be handled in school?

Villa is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged devices. We recommend that students bring devices in appropriate protective cases, and have a plan for where the devices will be stored when they are not being used.

Technology & Media

Karla Hurlbert
Director of Technology
215-357-8810 ext. 100

Marjene Hoffman
Library Media Specialist
215-357-8810 ext. 107

Library Hours

Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Loan Policy

Books may be checked out from the Library Media Center for up to three weeks. If the book is not returned or renewed at the end of that time period, a small fine will be accrued.