The appropriate use of technology enriches students’ learning experience across the disciplines and promotes higher order thinking skills. Computers, iPads, and 3-D printers are used as learning tools to support classroom curriculum, develop research skills, and design and build interdisciplinary projects. Students study and use a variety of creative content, authoring and sharing applications. Skills such as keyboarding, coding, and navigating the Internet safely and effectively are taught. Multimedia projects are designed as interdisciplinary projects, and targeted curricular software provide instrumental reinforcement.
The Design Lab is a space created specifically for the Lower School that engages students in hands-on learning in all content areas. The room is equipped with a variety of tools and resources that lend themselves to design-thinking and inquiry-based learning experiences. The lab allows students to be collaborative, innovative, flexible, persistent, and self-motivated—the skills needed to be a successful leader. Lessons in the Design Lab focus on developing creative thinking and problem-solving skills and are centered on an Essential Question. Students are encouraged to seek out the answers through hands-on experimentation, research, and collaboration. Learning becomes more dynamic and meaningful because the students take ownership of their learning.
35 interactive projection systems are located throughout the School and are used to facilitate dynamic learning experiences through a variety of disciplines, including math, science, art, and the humanities.
All campus computers are connected to Brimmer and May’s servers, for authentication, file storage, mail access, calendaring, printing, and chat services. The School maintains an advanced client/server installation for podcasts, broadcasts, storage and distribution of content. The entire server infrastructure is in the process of being virtualized to decrease power and cooling costs, streamline hardware replacement cycles, and facilitate disaster recovery.