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. 

Here are many of the technological tools in daily use:

  • 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.

Here is our Technology Acceptable Use Policy:

  1. Students are to use on-campus internet access for strictly academic purposes. Examples of internet sites that may not be visited outside of academic use at JBS include but are not limited to the following:

    •    recreational use of sites such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pandora, etc.
    •    gaming or gambling sites
    •    pornographic or otherwise sexually explicit sites
    •    sites promoting “how to” documents encouraging violence or illegal acts
    •    sites that promote racism or hate 

2. Students may not use technological tools with malicious intent, for example to bully or harass others.

3. All students must respect the privacy of others. Any attempt to access private files, phone, or e-mail messages is considered theft.

4. Students may not in any way tamper with or vandalize equipment or software that belongs to JBS or any other organization to which JBS has access. Examples of unacceptable behavior include but are not limited to the following:
    •    damaging, hacking or destroying networks, computer hardware or software
    •    physical abuse to equipment
    •    the creation or intentional use of malicious programs

5. Students may never share their JBS email password with anyone else. Stolen or lost passwords can create significant problems for the student and for the school.

6. Students may not transmit, retrieve or store communications of an obscene, discriminatory, offensive or harassing nature or containing derogatory, disrespectful or inflammatory language.

7. Students may not use JBS technological systems for any purpose that is illegal and/or violates school rules.

8. Students may not knowingly post information that could cause damage or the danger of disruption to JBS or any other organization or person.

9. Students may not misuse JBS or personal distribution lists or discussion groups for sending irrelevant messages.

10. Students may not use JBS technological systems or devices for private gain or any commercial purpose.

11. Students must always adhere to the license agreements for installing/copying software that is purchased by the school.

12. Students may not use personal technological devices during the school day, unless they are being used for an academic purpose with the express permission of a faculty member in a designated area. These items include but are not limited to portable audio and video players, laptops, e-Readers, tablets and cell phones; students are not permitted to use any personal devices, including laptops and cell phones, in the Commons even for academic purposes.

13. Students may, of course, use personal devices for non-school related reasons (during non-school hours), but may face disciplinary action should this use bring discredit to the school or anyone in the JBS community. (Students in grades 9-12 are allowed these devices after the end of 8th period, but they must refrain from using them in academic areas.)

14. Students are expected to check and read their JBS email daily. Faculty and administrators use e-mail to communicate with students and for official notices. Consequences of violating these policies will be in keeping with the school’s disciplinary system. For violations, access to technology may be revoked for a period of time in addition to probation, suspension, or expulsion from school.