Library & Technology
Browne Academy’s library program is designed to instill a joy of reading in students and to develop skilled and independent researchers. Library activities and lessons are intended to extend the classroom curriculum and support the classroom teacher.
Our students have the ability to become lifelong readers and successful users of information, through appropriate, grade-level exposure to various forms of literature and resource materials.
The Preschool library curriculum introduces students to the library media center and encourages their appreciation for literature in a fun, hands-on manner. Students learn proper library terminology and procedures for checking out books, as well as engage in activities that extend stories, such as songs, games, poems, and finger plays. Adhering to the monthly theme, the librarian reads and discusses a variety of relevant stories to the students.
The Lower School curriculum is designed to encourage appreciation for literature, expand knowledge of resource materials, and improve study skills. The library program introduces topics such as fiction/nonfiction, Caldecott and Newbery Awards, the anatomy of a book, and the Dewey Decimal Classification System. The students gain exposure to various forms of literature, including fables, folktales and fairytales, and get opportunities to share personal writing styles by creating their own folktales and fairytales.
Middle School students are encouraged to make use of the library’s resources.
Browne Academy students can connect to the school’s library when off campus, through an online library catalog that can be accessed anywhere there is an internet connection. Students may virtually browse the shelves to view book jackets, read summaries, and find further information about desired books. Visit Browne Academy’s online library at balibrary.follettdestiny.com.
Fourth grade and Middle School students also have access to MyQuest, an online social network strictly limited to Browne Academy, in which students can share information about books they have read, books they currently are reading, and books they would like to read. Users have the ability to comment and review books that are in the library, as well as create virtual book clubs with their fellow classmates.
The goal of the Browne Academy Technology program is for students to develop a varied knowledge base of hardware and software tools, and as graduates, to be able to approach any project independently by analyzing the project, determining what is required, and striving to accomplish his or her goals with excellence and independence.
Browne Academy’s technology curriculum covers many areas including networking, operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, publishing, database, Internet research, graphic design, email and website development.
All Browne Academy classrooms are equipped with a minimum of two desktop computers devoted to student use. At the preschool, junior kindergarten and kindergarten levels, classroom computers serve as center-based instructional tools and are equipped with age-appropriate software and programs. Beginning in kindergarten, students attend Browne’s state-of-the-art technology lab on a weekly basis for technology-based instruction. This program allows students to develop basic keyboarding skills, increase confidence with report construction/organization, expand technical vocabulary, understand online safety and awareness, and develop common research and citation skills.
Many Browne Academy classrooms, including the technology lab, have Promethean boards, which are interactive whiteboards. Our students receive extensive instruction on how to incorporate this resource into their presentations and projects.