Technology is an integral part of just about everything we do at Brewster. As a student, you will come to depend on technology as a vital tool to complete many of your academic tasks.
Brewster has wireless network access across campus -- in the classrooms, dorms, and in all of the common spaces. In each classroom we have wireless projection allowing both teachers and students to share their screen with the class.
Apple Laptops for All
All students provide their own Apple laptop and we see to it that it is equipped with all the software that your teachers expect you to have for your classes. On-campus computer technicians and a laptop loaner program will ensure that you will never be disconnected from the learning experience.
The Brewster Portal
Brewster has developed its own customized database system, affectionately known as “The Portal”, which allows you to do a wide range of school related tasks such as check your performance in your classes, view your schedule, complete weekly reports for your parents, conduct research with our library’s databases, and view grade reports.
All Brewster teachers use a course management system called Moodle. Through Moodle, you will be able to access all your course materials, complete assignments, and submit assignments all from one place. Moodle has a wide range of tools that allow you to engage in a wide range of learning activities anywhere and anytime. Because Moodle integrates directly with the Portal, you need just one starting point for all your learning needs.
Mediums of Expression
Today, expressing yourself is more than just being able to write a coherent essay. Brewster has made a commitment to the integration of media arts in all of its classes. Because of this, you will have the chance to use programs such as iMovie, GarageBand, and Adobe Photoshop (and many more) to express your ideas creatively and demonstrate your knowledge through a variety of mediums.
Media Arts Classes
Our two high-end media labs offer courses in digital photography, computer graphics, 3D animation, web design, and video creation so that you can extend your media skills if you have a passion in this area. Equipped with a 3D printer, students can design and print objects for use in their 3D Animation or Core Courses.
An elective course, Computer Programming emphasizes techniques of program development that will enable the student to learn how computer programs control the technological devices we use every day. Topics include control structures, objects, classes, and basic concepts of software development.
Brewster has adopted the Google Apps suite of tools to enhance communication and collaboration. Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Classroom all play a critical role in how teachers and students connect.
Specialized Learning Tools
Teachers constantly monitor the educational landscape to find and integrate tech tools to enhance the education process. Membean, Geogebra, EdPuzzle, Kahoot, Swivl to name a few. Kurzweil™ is a tool that allows students to listen to printed materials as a reading aid and is a prominent tool in the Instructional Support program.
In the 2016-2017 school year, Brewster will be taking part in the First Robotics program with the hope of sending a team to competition. Each year, teams of high school students and mentors work during a six-week period to build game-playing robots that weigh up to 120 pounds. Robots complete tasks such as scoring balls into goals, flying discs into goals, inner tubes onto racks, hanging on bars, and balancing robots on balance beams.