All boarding, grades 9-12 in Alexandria, Virginia
Technology in the Classroom
Episcopal’s technology vision is to nurture responsible citizenry, cultivate lifelong learning, and uphold the Episcopal community’s educational philosophy.
Episcopal High School has had a long history of being a one-to-one laptop school. As one of the first schools to institute this type of program, Episcopal is proud to announce that in 2016, we transformed our campus to a bring your own laptop environment. All newly enrolled students now have the opportunity to choose their own laptop to bring to EHS. Each device must meet the minimum specification outlined in the New Student Welcome letter, available to all admitted families.
Our Technology Department provides ongoing support for all laptops experiencing issues that include connectivity to the School’s network and printers, access to Episcopal’s required software applications, and protection against viruses and malware.
Our network rivals that of large universities. All academic, administrative, and residential buildings have access to wireless high-speed internet connections; however, this freedom isn’t unlimited. Strongly enforced internet safety and security policies ensure that all campus research and communication is part of an educationally enriching experience.
Departmental Use of Technology
Episcopal High School students have access to technology across the curriculum, and technology is applied in an integrated manner in every department.
All aspects of digital technology are fully integrated into the classroom across the visual arts curriculum. The Arts Department uses the latest version of Adobe Photoshop and the department’s digital cameras, scanners, and large-format color printers as tools to create art. Students learn to effectively research online sources and databases for visual and written projects. The department has a fully equipped lab dedicated to photography, digital design, and video activities. In addition, the recording studio enables students to compose and record their musical creations utilizing state-of-the-art equipment.
On any given day, you will find the English faculty and students taking advantage of technology for a wide variety of writing projects. The English Department makes use of many advanced features of Microsoft Word, including reviewing functions to implement peer reviewing and editing. Classroom projectors are an important tool for English classes, as they focus on instruction in grammar, usage, composition, editing, and revision. Library databases support a wide range of research, and students use the School’s computers or their own laptops for research and writing. The English Department also uses online vocabulary acquisition sites such as Membean for attention-grabbing and engaging content that allows for differentiated and personal instruction.
Access to information and the skills to evaluate it are fundamental to success in academic research. The March Library staff prepares EHS students with effective information-gathering skills and the discernment to be digitally literate 21st-century learners. The staff also teaches the use of a citation generator called EasyBib for research projects. The library contains thousands of digital audio books and videos and circulates digital still and video cameras, along with other equipment. The library also maintains a digital catalog and a mobile app.
All EHS students learn to use graphing calculators, which are powerful tools capable of evaluating and graphing complex mathematical functions. The Mathematics Department is currently adopting the TI-Nspire laptop integrated graphing calculator. For projects across the mathematics curriculum, students and teachers connect the calculators to their laptops to print graphs, transfer information and download programs. In addition, geometry teachers use the software program “Geometer’s Sketchpad” to enhance understanding of geometric and algebraic concepts. Students and faculty conduct online research and use presentation software to communicate information. OneNote is an important tool for effective note-taking, archiving, referencing, and sharing. The Mathematics Department also uses Excel for graphing and statistical analysis.
The Modern and Classical Languages Department uses PowerPoint for research-based multimedia presentations by teachers and students. The department also makes extensive use of online resources and the audio recording application Audacity. Overhead projectors and digital satellite access allow teachers to broadcast cultural events and important news from all over the world. Video cameras record special class events and presentations.
All EHS science courses employ cutting-edge technology such as Vernier LabQuest hand-held computers and laboratory sensors. Biology classrooms have digital video microscopes; our engineering course uses bridge and traffic simulators; and the physics classes use high-speed cameras to capture flight trajectories. Certain courses teach students to build spreadsheets and chart their data results with Excel. The geology class also makes use of a program called Geodynamics, a database of earthquake and volcano patterns that permits students to see trends and examine tectonic data over thousands of instances. The Science Department ensures that its instructional and laboratory equipment keeps pace with the best science programs in the country.
Social Studies faculty routinely use classroom projectors in their daily instruction to view interactive websites, display student work, view PowerPoint presentations, and watch DVDs. The Social Studies Department teaches media literacy and source credibility for effective research. Students use the online resource Turnitin to hone their citation skills and to verify the originality their work.