Feature photo: Cadet Yuheng Liu works diligently on his MMA-provided computer to complete his coursework.
At Missouri Military Academy, we believe that education in the 21st century is successfully achieved through a combination of (1) relational teaching, where faculty get to know each cadet — his personality and intellect — in order to best motivate and connect with him, and (2) leveraging the right digital tools to support cadet achievement and college and career preparation.
The Academy is dedicated to providing the technological infrastructure needed to support cadets’ education and provide a safe environment for residential life. This dedication is reflected in our strategic plan, which includes direction to enhance cadets’ digital learning environment by aggressively leveraging digital tools.
Below, learn about a few of the ways that MMA has invested in technology to support cadet achievement.
In the classroom
MMA is a one-to-one learning environment. Every cadet is given a laptop for their use at the Academy. Currently, that laptop is a HP Elitebook (Core i5, 256 SSD Hard Drive, 16GB Ram, Touchscreen).
Koster Media Center provides a state-of-the-art digital learning environment that supports easy use for distance learning and connecting with others through such tools as Zoom or Skype.
Koster Media Center provides a state-of-the-art setting for distance learning and virtual connections.
The MMA Technology Department collaborates with Academics to provide a computer science/information technology (IT) internship program for interested cadets. Each year, up to 12 cadets can participate each semester, working with MMA’s chief information officer (CIO) and gaining valuable experience and insight into computer science and IT careers.
During spring semester 2020, Cadets Nguyen (left) and Schreyer (right) worked as technology interns with Chief Information Officer David Wilkins (seated) and Senior Help Desk Analyst Mike Kulas.
MMA classrooms are equipped with technology to enhance learning. In nearly every classroom, smart boards (or interactive whiteboards) are available for faculty to connect what’s on their computers to a projector, sharing their computer screen with the class.
MMA provides strong WiFi capability and Internet bandwidth through dual gigabit fiber-optic internet connections and 10GB internal network connections between campus buildings.
MMA's livestream technology setup enables MMA to stream athletic and formal events on livestream.com/MMA.
Access to most campus buildings is limited to those with keycards, supporting a safe and secure campus environment for our cadets.
Two hundred eighteen surveillance video cameras cover our 288-acre campus to enhance security and provide peace of mind of parents.
MMA's security system conducting surveillance around campus.
Cadet Internet safety
To help cadets with healthy technology habits, WiFi access for cadets is restricted to this schedule:
- Sunday through Thursday, the network will be turned off from 10:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. the next day
- On Friday and Saturday, the network will be turned off from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day
If you provide a cell phone with a data plan to your cadet, MMA recommends adding parental controls to help monitor/restrict usage. We ask that you turn off internet access following our WiFi schedule listed previously. Various providers offer this feature. “Verizon Smart Family, ” “AT&T Secure Family App,” and “T-Mobile FamilyMode” are examples.
In addition, parents may request restricted, or downgraded, laptops for their cadets. These laptops only access websites that have been explicitly approved for academic purposes at MMA.
For more information or any questions about technology at MMA, please contact CIO David Wilkins at 573-581-1776, ext. 428, or via email at David.firstname.lastname@example.org.