A campus rich in technology
Burroughs students have access to the latest computer technology available; however, in class we often want them interacting with each other and their teacher, not a laptop monitor. We place a high priority on the value of what this interaction teaches our students about how to listen, how to think, how to question and how to discuss. Our teachers are trained to lead such discussions. Our goal is active learning and critical thinking.
That said, technology is an essential tool for students in many aspects of the learning process, and Burroughs has an exceedingly rich technological environment to supplement and support classroom instruction. All classrooms have Internet access with extensive audio visual systems tailored to specific teacher needs. We strive to make available any technologies that teachers need to enhance instruction such as iPads, laptops, graphing calculators, SMART boards, document cameras, multimedia presentations, web tools, laboratory probes and content-specific software.
We have three levels of wireless Internet access throughout campus. Seamless faculty, student and guest networks are available.
We have a campus-wide wired fiber infrastructure with 50Mb of bandwidth.
As part of our Google Apps for Education account, all students have school e-mail addresses which facilitate communication and collaboration with each other, teachers and coaches. Our e-mail also provides user access to Google's entire suite of programs.
We have two laptop carts (one in the library and one in the History Department) as well as a class set of iPads that teachers may use with their classes for short- or long-term projects.
We maintain five discrete computer labs in Humanities, Science, Publications, Modern Languages and Industrial Technology & Engineering. Each of these labs has a wired, fast ethernet connection and a dedicated printer.
- The Humanities Computer Lab is the classroom for courses offered by the Computer Technology Department in grades 7-12. This lab is also available to teachers in other departments to work with their students on special projects.
- The Modern Languages Lab is an important tool in the process of learning languages at Burroughs, from the introductory courses through the AP levels. All students spend regularly scheduled time in the lab. In addition to the abundant materials that attach to textbooks, the lab widens the range of experiences with the target language, including individual, partner and group work.
- Using the Publications Computer Lab, students in our photography courses and students on the staff of the student newspaper and yearbook utilize Photoshop, Lightroom and InDesign.
- The Industrial Technology & Engineering Lab has Windows and Apple computers to support computer-aided drafting and computer animation programs, architectural drawing, robotics, computer video editing and digital audio editing. This hardware is maximized through a broad array of specialty software. A computer numerical control router and a 3D printer are sample tools that are also controlled by computers.
- The Science Computer Lab supports our science students and classes. The department also has 50 mobile lab computers and associated probeware for students to use during science experimentation. These computers are used frequently for computer-aided data collection and graphing throughout the science curriculum. Early mastery of these skills increases opportunities for student-centered inquiry and engagement, development of investigative and research skills, and for understanding and interpreting data and graphs: all hallmarks of the science program.