Technology

Bringing Innovation and Technology to the Classroom.

BSM prides itself on using cutting-edge technology to offer students a transformative education that includes creation-oriented projects, globally-connected lessons, personalized instruction, and learning that can take place anytime, anywhere.

Learn more about the ways technology is integrated into everyday life at BSM below.

One-to-One Laptop Program

Since 2010, every Red Knight has been equipped with a MacBook Air as part of BSM’s one-to-one laptop program. This allows students and teachers to research, collaborate, and communicate under any circumstance. For more information about BSM's laptop program, view the FAQ page.

Coursework and Internships

JUNIOR HIGH:

  • Design-Engineer-Innovate 

SENIOR HIGH:

  • Coding and Agile Development
  • Advanced Programming: Puzzles, Games, and Problem Solving
  • AP Computer Science A
  • Senior High Engineering (4 years)
  • Technology Internship

EPIC Internships
BSM's seniors can apply for half-credit internships with BSM’s information technology and marketing and communications departments as well as internships and job shadow opportunities outside the school
. This program gives students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the latest technology in these fields. 

RED Program
BSM’s RED (Research, Entrepreneurship, and Design) Program offers students hands-on learning experiences that parallel the modern workplace. RED courses, which include engineering, invention, product design art, coding, and much more, encourage students to use cutting-edge technology to bring their projects to life.

 

Some of the specialized technology integrated across the curriculum include: 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, 3D scanners, drones, centrifuges, video cameras, iPads, and more.

 

Software and Hardware

SOFTWARE:

Student Information System: Powerschool (grades, attendance)

Learning Management System: Powerschool Learning 

Email and Document-Sharing: Google Suite

Video Conferencing: Zoom

View some of the software used by teachers at BSM here.

 

HARDWARE:

Each student and teacher is equipped with a MacBook Air

Each classroom is outfitted with a Video Conference Camera and a Promethean Activpanel interactive display.

In addition, teachers embed specialized technology across the curriculum, including: 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, 3D scanners, drones, centrifuges, video cameras, iPads, and more.

 

Technology Practices

VIRTUAL LEARNING:

Long before the 2020 pandemic, BSM was using technology to conduct virtual learning when the school building had to close for snow, cold, or other events. 

 

CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

BSM has a culture of sharing best practices through peer-to-peer professional development and attending regional and national conferences in order to be a local leader in technology integration. 

 

SAFE USAGE GUIDELINES:

BSM is dedicated to helping students develop safe usage habits. We encourage families to partner with us using resources like Common Sense Media.

 

Professional Designations

BSM is recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for innovative teaching and learning and visionary leadership.  

Read BSM’s 2017-2019 Apple Distinguished School Application to learn more.

Technology Support

BSM's Technology support team has received the Minnesota Independent School Program Award for it's first class support of students, teachers, and families. For more information about technology support at BSM, contact: Bill Cheney at bcheney@bsmschool.org or Steve Pohlen at spohlen@bsmschool.org.