Technology and Resources
We use a myriad of technology tools every day to help us communicate more efficiently, add to our base of knowledge, and to entertain. Technologies come in many forms from the simple pencil and paper to advanced computers and smart phones. The Masters School embraces the use of technology in all of its forms and recognizes that technology is essential to our educational mission. As such, the Technology Department, both Operational and Academic, offers a wide array of the latest technologies to support learning and enhance communication. These include, but are not limited to: computers in the library; a state-of-the-art multimedia language lab; engineering workstations, 3D printers, laser cutter and CNC router in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center; an advanced multimedia lab; and multiple laptop carts that can be brought into classrooms for digital learning. Additionally, The Masters School has a very experienced and dedicated group of individuals in the Technology Department to help optimize the learning experience, and enhanced network security to protect data and privacy.
The Technology Department maintains and services all Masters technology and is dedicated to providing quality technical support for all members of the Masters community.
Each building on campus is connected by high-speed fiber, providing access to our file storage and services from any building on campus. Internet access is distributed across multiple circuits, providing accelerated web activity and bandwidth to all users.
The Masters School currently provides multimedia labs and technological resources for students. These labs and workstations are equipped with scanners and laser printers, and are located strategically across the Masters campus. Students have access to the latest Windows and Macintosh hardware and software, as well as the ability to connect to the enterprise level wireless network in every building.
Frequently Asked Questions
Any device, whether a laptop, tablet, eReader, or smartphone with wireless Internet connectivity can connect and use the “Masters” wireless network.
The Masters School has and supports both Windows and Apple devices. If budget is a factor in your decision or if you are considering using ebooks, Windows laptops with touchscreens generally tend to be less expensive for maintenance and replacement.
The Masters School offers special discount pricing for hardware as well as software. Please contact our ServiceDesk at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Windows Tablet: The Microsoft Surface Pro is a great alternative to a basic laptop, as it provides touch functionality, has a full-featured desktop operating system, and costs less than a MacBook Pro.
Windows Laptop: The 14in. Lenovo Thinkpad T480s. Larger display and slightly lighter than a MacBook Air, and is also customizable to your needs.
Apple Laptop: The 13in. MacBook Air. Lightweight and fast, the MacBook Air is the best Mac option for the majority of computing tasks, like email, browsing the web, word processing, etc.
The Technology Department provides basic troubleshooting and triage for student laptops and devices which prevent the completion of academic work. Depending on the hardware model, the Technology Department can also assist with certified-hardware repairs for student laptops and devices.
The Masters School offers a significantly discounted price of $11 for purchasing legal copies of the Microsoft Office Suite for Windows and Apple computers. Purchasing the standalone version of the Office suite is recommended, although you may obtain a free subscription to Office 365 online through the school as well.
For information on how to purchase Microsoft Office through Masters, please contact the Masters SeviceDesk at email@example.com.
If you are purchasing a new device or are thinking about upgrading your current device, the Technology Department recommends the following minimum specifications:
|Windows Laptops / Tablets||Apple / Macintosh Laptops|
|Windows 10||macOS 10.12 (Sierra) or later|
RAM / Memory:
Hard Drive / Storage:
|128GB Solid State Drive (SSD)||128GB Solid State Drive (SSD)|
Manufacturer's 3-year onsite if available. Accidental damage protection is strongly recommended
|Apple Limited Warranty* and AppleCare+** is strongly recommended|
|Microsoft Office Suiteˠ & Antivirus||Microsoft Office Suiteˠ & Antivirus|
Yes! The Pittsburgh Library and the Fonseca Center currently have enterprise multifunction copiers that can print, scan, and make copies. Students can submit print jobs to these copiers from any device on campus while connected to the “Masters” wireless network, and use their ID cards to release these jobs for printing at their convenience. The public computers in the library are configured to quickly print out documents and assignments. Printers are also available in our multimedia labs.