In terms of infrastructure, each and every classroom has a permanently-mounted LCD or DLP projector, a sound system loud enough to be easily heard by all, at least one fast and capable desktop PC running Windows 7, set top players supporting DVD and VHS playback, and an IP telephone. Supporting the nearly 1000 network devices is an incredibly robust campus network backbone built with Extreme Networks switches. The fully-redundant fiber-optic backbone runs at gigabit speeds, connecting all buildings on campus and feeding every room and office three CAT5 twisted-pair cables and six strands of multi-mode fiber optics. Every node on our network has full access to the Internet and its many valuable resources, all of which gets passed through devices protecting users from Viruses, Trojans, and Spyware. Students, faculty and staff also have access to a campus-wide wireless network. We are thrilled to see the new and innovative ways teachers and students alike take advantage of this wonderful resource.
This admittedly overbuilt infrastructure deftly enables the dynamic portion of this equation - the creative uses of these technologies as identified by our highly-skilled and motivated teachers. Individually driven, teachers strive to find new ways to use these enablers to capture the widest range of student attention possible. Attending to the multitude of learning styles represented by today's high school student, teachers present materials and assess progress in new and innovative ways, striving to consistently engage each and every student. Our teachers' proficiency with cutting-edge technologies also helps them to be more efficient in their daily duties, which in the end means they get to spend more time face-to-face with their students - an invaluable aspect of Bellarmine's college preparatory experience.