Engage, Empower, Collaborate, Connect

Burke’s approach to digital technology reflects our mission and educational philosophy. We use digital devices to engage every student in creative and innovative ways. We encourage students to collaborate with one another and connect with the outside world. We personalize learning, cultivate responsible digital citizens, and foster independence, critical thinking, creativity, problem-solving, and technology skills. Our goal is to prepare Burke students for school, life and work in the 21st century.


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 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:
• student-centered;
• 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.

iPads in Action!


Technology Department

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of David Panush

    David Panush 

    Director of Technology and Innovative Learning / Scheduler / HS History
    202-362-8882 x615
    Williams College - B.A.
    George Washington University - M.A.
  • Photo of Wan Ryu

    Wan Ryu 

    Systems Administrator / Tech Support Specialist
    202-362-8882 x645
    Rhode Island School of Design - BFA

Learn More

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  • Guiding Principles

    1. Involve the school community throughout the process of designing, implementing, and evaluating technology programs, always allowing time for change and growth.
    2. Foster increased student-centered learning and student engagement by moving the locus of power and responsibility from the teachers to the students in ways that have been proven effective.
    3. Promote technology and learning strategies that connect students with one another, with teachers, with their communities, and with the world
    4. Emphasize the principles of digital citizenship and how to responsibly manage our digital lives.
    5. Support and include teachers through ongoing, widely available professional development that uses the very same modalities that students experience
    6. Commit adequate and appropriate resources to technology staffing and infrastructure, beginning by fully using the resources that already exist within the community.
    7. Extend our commitment to equity and inclusion by requiring full participation and ensuring that every student has access to technology.
    8. Think differently about the organization of the time, space, and pace of learning in order to take advantage of opportunities that arise from new technologies and approaches to learning.
  • Goals for Students

    • Practice independence, responsibility, self-regulation, and reflection
    • Build relationships with improved communication and collaboration
    • Learn to organize and manage their digital academic lives
    • Become more adept at identifying and creatively solving problems and evaluating information
    • Create and consume narratives in many different ways as a tool for learning
    • Have some expertise with coding, design thinking, media and visual literacy, data analysis and visualization, and online learning.
  • Goals for Teachers

    • Embrace a spirit of innovation, experimentation, and mutual support
    • Engage in ongoing professional development
    • Learn new skills and approaches to learning and classroom management
    • Build meaningful relationships with their students
    • Efficiently and clearly organize and communicate information
    • Act as facilitators, guides, and experts
    • Design curriculum that utilizes new technologies to engage all students through personalization, differentiation, collaboration, discovery, inquiry, experience, interdisciplinary work, problem-solving, design thinking, and projects. 

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Co-ed, progressive, college prep school in Washington, DC featuring a challenging curriculum in an inclusive environment for grades 6-12.