Technology Philosophy

Burroughs provides a rich technological environment that helps maximize teaching and learning. We believe that technology belongs in the classroom when it makes learning experiences more lasting and powerful than they would be otherwise.

Burroughs teachers constantly examine their own practices and make changes as necessary to deliver the best education possible to our students; technology plays an essential role in that process. Of course, there are still times where the best learning environment is free of technology, and we trust our teachers to make the day-to-day decisions about when and where technology is beneficial within specific curricula. We work to make available any and all technologies that teachers need to improve the learning process in their classrooms. Our teachers model ethical, responsible and innovative uses of technology, and our goal is to cultivate the same attitude toward technology in our students. While a comprehensive list of all technologies used is impossible to put on paper, what follows here is meant to give a feel for many of the technological tools in use daily at JBS.

  • A robust, campus-wide wired and wireless network supplements and supports classroom instruction as well as student work.
  • All teachers have a presence on Canvas, our learning management system. This offers a single place for students to access assignments and other online resources needed for class. There are multiple walk-in spaces on campus where students may use a computer to print something out or check/work on an assignment.
  • As members of a G Suite school, every student, faculty and staff member has a jburroughs.org account that is used for email and other Google services. These accounts can also be used to log in to myriad other cloud based services (such as Canvas) that our students and teachers use in the classroom.
  • All classrooms have projection systems that support multiple forms of video and sound input and output, and many classes are equipped with SMART boards and iPads or iPad Pros.
  • The Performing Arts Center boasts a professional, fully-equipped theater with state of the art audio-visual equipment to make our school performances and assemblies the best they can be.
  • All core and many elective departments have dedicated laptop and/or iPad carts for teachers within these departments to use for projects and group work within their classrooms.
  • The library has over 60 laptops and several iPads available for faculty and student use onsite.
  • English and History classes use laptops for in-class essays, research and multimedia projects.
  • Modern Foreign Language (MFL) courses are supported by their own dedicated computer lab and a second mobile version in the form of iPads. The lab uses specialized software that allows students to practice and be tested on speaking and comprehension, facilitating individual, partner and group work. This aspect of study is an important tool in the acquisition of language skills at Burroughs, from introductory-level courses through the AP levels.
  • Mathematics classes use graphing calculators and associated computer software daily. These classes also make use of specialized content-based software and websites.
  • Science courses are laboratory based and make extensive use of computers for data collection, analysis and modeling. Early mastery of these research skills increases opportunities for inquiry and engagement, for development of investigative skills, and for understanding and interpreting data and graphs.
  • Computer Science, Industrial Technology and Engineering courses are heavily supported by multiple computer labs. This hardware is maximized through a broad array of specialty software. These labs support coding, web design, computer-aided drafting, animation programs, architectural drawing, robotics and video editing.
  • When computer labs are not in use by scheduled classes, teachers in all disciplines may sign up to bring a class in for various projects. Individuals may also walk in to use the lab whenever equipment is available.