Keeping up with the latest technology and incorporating it into our curriculum is essential both for keeping students engaged and for teaching them how to navigate in a world full of small screens.
We are on top of the latest in classroom techniques, and we are committed to making use of research into how students learn and what helps them to be successful in school and in life.
Hence our iPad program
, where each student in grades 6-10 (we plan to expand it to 11th and 12th grades) has a tablet to use during the school day and teachers meet regularly to discuss creative ways to incorporate tablets into the curriculum. iPads are a natural tool for problem-based and project-based learning.
We developed our iPad program slowly and carefully, benefiting from the experience of many other schools. We designed it to fit into our school’s mission in the following ways:
• mobile and hands-on;
• promotes responsibility and independence;
• supports inquiry-based learning.
Using the many iPad applications developed for classrooms, students can confront and work on real-world issues and problems, often in groups, and can share and publish their work with an audience outside of Burke.
Students also make use of the latest software when creating digital photographs, designing the school newspaper and yearbook, and blogging about service trips. It’s not uncommon to see students giving a multi-media presentation of a group project to their class. And clever student-made videos showcasing sports teams are the highlight of every season.
Weaving iPads, computers and social media into the fabric of our curriculum empowers students to research, think, process, design, connect, and produce creative solutions in novel ways. These are the very skills our graduates will need in college and in the modern workplace.