Be on the forefront of technology! Harness resources that help you to develop thinking skills in all disciplines and to share your knowledge creatively with others! At Brimmer technology is a tool we employ to make learning more effective and compelling—and to inspire both students and teachers to innovate. We combine the latest devices and gadgets, strong programs and curricula, and outstanding infrastructure and facilities—including the many creative learning spaces of the Hastings Center—to ensure our students are technologically literate and prepared for a the 21st-century world.
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. Multimedia projects are designed as interdisciplinary projects, and targeted curricular software provide instructional reinforcement. Skills such as keyboarding, coding, and navigating the Internet safely and effectively are taught. The Coding curriculum begins in PK where students are first introduced to robotics and coding concepts using KIBO robots and Kodable. Coding continues throughout the Lower School using Blue-Bots, Hopscotch, LEGO Mindstorms, LEGO Wedo 2.0, Scratch, Scratch Jr, Sphero, and Tynker.
Students have their own password-protected accounts where they can safely store and access their work from school or personal devices. In addition, all Middle and Upper School students have Brimmer e-mail accounts.
Brimmer believes it essential that all students have a baseline of computer knowledge and skills in order to thrive in our society. The purpose of the Brimmer Technology Department is to develop creative and efficient students who are prepared for the dynamic technological world. The department has created an environment in which all students have access to a variety of technologies. Also, teachers are encouraged to integrate technology into their curriculum to enhance their teaching methods, encourage and develop student creativity, and to improve student achievement.
One goal of the Technology Department is for each student to develop the skills needed in the field of technology in order to be prepared for Upper School work and their future educational endeavors. As students progress through each grade, they are exposed to a number of applications that allow them to build on their knowledge and ability. Eventually, each student will have a foundation of skills and exposure to many facets of technology.
All campus computers are connected to Brimmer’s servers, for authentication, file storage, mail access, calendaring, printing, and chat services. The entire server infrastructure has been virtualized to decrease power and cooling costs, streamline hardware replacement cycles, and facilitate disaster recovery.