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Technology at YULA

"If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our kids of tomorrow." – John Dewey

About the Program

YULA is committed to ensuring that our students graduate with the skills they need to succeed in the world around them, and today that will almost certainly include technology. From the minute you step foot on campus, you will see how thoroughly YULA has embraced technology.

Beginning in 2009, YULA began the adoption of a One-to-One laptop program with the help of Apple Inc., and by the 2011-2012 school year the transition will be complete. In a One-to-One program, we provide one laptop to every one child, faculty, and staff member. Not only does this eliminate the need for rationing use of a computer lab, it lays the foundation for exciting and vibrant uses of technology in the classroom. All entering freshman will receive the One-to-One package.

Some of the technology utilized at YULA includes:

A brand new Apple MacBook for every student
Wireless printing
State-of-the-Art interactive SmartBoards in select classrooms
Technology Support Lab for questions and repairs
Ceiling-mounted Projectors in every classroom
The latest versions of Apple's iWork productivity suite & Microsoft Office

Student Expectations

Educating the student body, as well as the community, on the proper use of technology is very important to YULA. Previously we have offered workshops with nationally recognized experts on Internet safety, including Katie Koestner, FBI Agent Marc Botello, and Dr. David Pelcovitz. Creating a "model digital citizen" is a high priority at YULA and we expect our students and faculty to follow several rules regarding computer use. We have organized all of our policies and rules into an "Acceptably Use Policy" which can be downloaded here. We encourage all parents to sit down and review these policies with their student. All students and parents are required to sign the Acceptable Use Policy before receiving their Macbook package.

Meet the Staff

Rabbi Heshy GlassShawn Clary
Director of Technology

Shawn came to YULA in 2009 when the decision was made to transition to a One-to-One program and has been with the school since. Shawn previously worked with Apple Inc., starting in 2005 in varying roles and locations from sales in Boston, MA to training in Columbus, OH, and finally to Tech Support in Century City, Los Angeles. Shawn’s education background started in Athens, OH at Ohio University where he studied Music Composition. After two years, he transferred to the renowned Berklee College of Music to study Film Scoring. While working at Apple through college, he gained several certifications in Apple computer repair and Mac OS X support. He is now thrilled to be serving the YULA community in his role as Director of Technology.



Rabbi Heshy GlassNick Parsons, M.Ed.
Director of Education Technology

Nick started working at YULA in the Summer of 2010 after working for nearly three years at Apple Inc. in Ohio. While at Apple, Nick worked as a training instructor, delivering thousands of one to one sessions on a variety of topics. Towards the end of his time at Apple, Nick worked at the Genius Bar providing technical support. Previous to Apple, Nick spent five years at WOUB a PBS affiliate at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Nick has been recognized with numerous awards for his documentary work from the Associated Press and the Telly Awards. While at Ohio University, Nick earned a Bachelors of Science in Communication with an emphasis on video production and Master of Education in Computer Education.


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