At Ellis, we believe in learning by doing. Ellis girls utilize a variety of devices to enhance learning and allow them to be producers of content.
Starting in the Lower School, the girls use iPads. Lower School girls also have access to a dedicated Apple iMac lab where they engage in technology education and introductory programming and robotics. In the Middle School, girls have access to a technology lab with Lenovo all-in-one computers just like those used by teachers in all grades. Students in grades 5 through 7 have access to Google Chromebooks and every student in grade 8 receives a Chromebook to take home. Middle School students also have access to Kindles, Nooks and iPads. In the Upper School, each girl has the choice to either use a school-issued Lenovo ThinkPad laptop or bring her own device (BYOD). Both options allow students to connect to the network and gain wireless access. Upper School students also have access to PC computers in the library and Apple iMacs in the digital media lab. Diversity of device exposure best prepares students for college and beyond and allows them to personalize their engagement with technology.
Lower School students have access to the Lower School Tech Lab. The iMac desktop computers in the Lower School are used regularly to play educational games, practice keyboarding, and further develop problem-solving skills through the use of basic coding programs. Grade 4 students also film the weekly Lower School Video Podcast in the Tech Lab using iMovie on iPads.
Middle School girls have access to a Lenovo PC computer lab where they challenge themselves through the exploration of robotics, computer programming, computer circuitry, and other engineering and prototyping technologies.
In the Upper School, the Active Classroom has movable desks, Lenovo tablets, projectors, desktop computers, a 3D printer, and hand tools, all of which students use to solve problems and engineer prototypes.
The Foundry is a designated space on campus devoted to STEAM—science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics—and maker education methods and tools. It is the only all-girls, student-run fabrication lab in the region.
Technology in the Foundry includes:
Apple iMac & Mac mini Desktop computers
MakerGear M2 3D printers
US Cutter 68” Titan 3 Vinyl cutter
Three Silhouette America Tabletop vinyl cutter
BoXZY 3 in 1: laser etcher, milling machine, 3D printer