A campus rich in technology
Burroughs students have access to the latest computer technology available. And yet, in class we want them looking at each other and their teacher, not at 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, computers are an essential tool for research and homework, and Burroughs has an exceedingly rich technological environment to supplement and support classroom instruction. Wireless internet access is available throughout campus.
All classrooms have Internet access with ceiling mounted projection systems. Hand-held calculators are required in mathematics classes, and science classes are laboratory-based and make extensive use of computers in data collection, analysis and modeling.
We have five discrete computers labs, and dozens of laptops are available in our library using a wireless network:
- The humanities lab is the venue for required beginning and intermediate computer skills and electives, including statistics, web programming and AP computer science. The lab is also used by various classes including English, history and modern languages for group access to the Internet, and by English for composition. Individuals may use computers whenever equipment is available–whether the lab is empty or being used by a scheduled class.
- The industrial technology department has Windows and Apple computers to support computer-aided drafting and computer animation programs, architectural drawing, robotics, theatre technology and video editing. This hardware is maximized through a broad array of specialty software.
- The library offers a flexible and versatile multi-use space with wireless access to computing and printing. Students may choose between wired desktop computers and more than 50 laptops that they may use anywhere in the library. This arrangement enables students to work alone or in groups and gives them the choice of how to study. The library also offers laptop and iPad carts that faculty can use in their classrooms when needed.
- All modern language students spend regularly scheduled time in the language lab. It is an important tool in the process of learning modern languages at Burroughs, from the introductory courses through the AP levels. What the language lab offers, in addition to the abundant materials that attach to textbooks, is the possibility to widen the range of experiences with the target language, including individual, partner and group work.
- Several class sets of mobile lab computers and probeware plus a fully equipped science computer lab support students and classes, especially in computer-aided data collection and graphing which are utilized throughout the science curriculum. Early mastery of these skills increases opportunities for student-centered inquiry and engagement, for development of investigative and research skills, and for understanding and interpreting data and graphs, all hallmarks of the science program.
As part of our Google Apps for Education account, all students have assigned jburroughs.org e-mail addresses which facilitate communication between students, teachers, and coaches and provide users access to Google's entire suite of programs.