Barrie School is committed to providing students with both information to support the curriculum and materials for recreational reading at all levels.
iPads in the classroom
Working with the University of Maryland's Human-Computer Interaction Lab, Barrie's Lower School integrated iPads into daily teaching efforts, at the same time exploring and enhancing the particular role technology can play in a Montessori curriculum. See the results in this short video.
The Lower School maintains two libraries of approximately 4500 volumes each. An online encyclopedia is also available for student and family use through the Library Resources page of the website.
One of the libraries serves the students and teachers in the Upper Elementary division and is centrally located in their classroom building for easy access by independent researchers. The other library, a bright and airy facility, serves the students and teachers in the Primary and Lower Elementary divisions and provides a meeting space when needed.
The Middle and Upper School maintains several book collections in the Research and Learning Lab as well as an e-book collection and a number of databases available to students and families through a dedicated Library Resources page. These materials support classroom curricula and provide independent reading material for our students. There is also a small collection dedicated to parent education in the Research Learning Lab.
At Barrie School, we are dedicated to:
allowing students to use "tools of learning" effectively,
encouraging students to think and act creatively, integrating technology resources into the daily routine of their work and study,
creating an academically challenging environment for our students, and
ensuring students are technologically literate.