Ranney School uses technology in every facet of the educational process. Students are exposed to computing technology, and lessons are enhanced through the use of a wealth of educational software applications, electronic resource databases, and structured access to the Internet. Students learn how to use technology to stimulate and enhance creative writing, promote cooperative skills, enhance logical thinking, improve problem solving, enhance communication, develop artistic abilities, and improve analytical skills.
Because social and enterprise technology is a dynamic and transformative educational tool, students in grades 1-8 are assigned individual computers through Ranney’s 1:1 Laptop Program, each with an identical set of core applications that ensure a common platform for instruction, including Google Drive, and equality of access to all technology resources. Students in grades 1-5 are assigned either Toshiba laptops or Chromebooks for use during the school day, while students in grades 6-8 are able to take their assigned Chromebooks home for school work. Our youngest students in Beginners, Pre-K, and Kindergarten have access to iPads and age-appropriate educational apps in their classrooms.
Upper School students (grades 9-12) enjoy the benefits of a BYOL (bring your own laptop) program, in which students take ownership of not only their academic achievements but also of the essential tools to realize their full potential as students and lifelong learners.
In addition, computer resources are available in nearly every classroom through SMARTBoard® technology and in specialized computer labs; transportable charging carts are available to each division as well. Every effort is made to use the computer as a tool for reinforcing subject material currently studied in the classroom, while stressing the importance of Internet safety.
The two libraries on campus, the Paulus and Searle Libraries
, serve as hubs of information, communication and technology for students and faculty. Through the libraries’ physical and virtual spaces, students and faculty benefit from access to comprehensive printed and digital resources for research, reading and independent information needs. Through the libraries, students have access to online periodicals, databases, e-books and web-based resources for research, reading and digital media production. Extending digital resources and tools to students and their families outside of the library walls, the Paulus and the Searle Libraries provide 24/7 access to these resources through the school’s password-protected website.