Educational Technology

The use of technology at Ransom Everglades ensures that the learning experience is one in which students are active, engaged and focused on creation and discovery.

From the use of laptops and  iPads throughout the curriculum for everything from movie-making to research, to the programming courses taken by all seventh-grade and eighth-grade students, to the use of Vernier sensors and software to collect and analyze data in science classes and the integration of MATLAB into our calculus courses, technology is woven throughout the academic program.

In the sixth grade, all students explore the basics of computer programming and robotics, learn the resources available to them in the library and elsewhere on campus, and discuss digital citizenship. Laptops and iPads are available for use on boths campuses, and a Bring Your Own Device policy on the Upper School campus enables students to access research, software and apps, and collaborate in and submit work in Google Drive. Interactive, adaptive teaching tools like Wileyplus, and Prepworks, for ACT and SAT preparation, help students individualize their learning to ensure they are spending time where it is needed most.

A faculty committed to educational technology regularly represents Ransom Everglades as attendees and presenters at major conferences including the International Society for Technology in Education, South by Southwest, and Miami Device. Teachers and students are empowered to utilize whatever technologies help them think and learn, but Ransom Everglades does not emphasize technological trends over tradition.

We are proud of the ways in which our faculty and students explore the use of new technologies to help them connect with information and each other, and to create new ideas in the spirit of a pedagogy of inquiry that have prevailed on our campuses for more than 100 years.

Tech News

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  • Solar panels installed at MS

    The first-ever solar panels were installed at Ransom Everglades during spring break, with 18 panels placed atop the Hogan Building. The panels can generate 5.2 kilowatts of electric power, which will offset a small amount of the campus's power consumption daily while also serving as a learning tool in RE's science classrooms and illustrating the school's increasing commitment to sustainability.
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  • Lighter backpacks, smarter learning

    For at least a decade, faculty, parents, and even orthopedists have lamented the weight of student backpacks. At the same time, RE and other schools have discussed sustainability and the imperative to reduce paper on campus. And pedagogy has evolved, valuing interactivity and personalized instruction. For those reasons, Ransom Everglades has begun moving away from traditional textbooks and paper notebooks to more digital, portable, and cloud-accessible resources.
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This documentary video on edible plants important for life in outer space was produced by Jorge Guzman's video production class and submitted to a competition sponsored by the Fairchild Challenge.

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  • Computer Science Curriculum

    All seventh-grade students learn to code with MIT App Inventor and the Alice software that was developed at Carnegie Mellon University. Eighth graders continue their study of programming and robotics. In the upper school, students learn principles of computer science in the “Foundations in Java” and “Exploring Computer Programming” courses. More dedicated computer scientists can take AP Computer Science and Advanced Topics in Computer Science. Additional electives in programming and in robotics are under development.
  • Digital Photography

    Upper school students may take advantage of a four-year curriculum in digital photography that is taught in our state-of-the-art digital photography studio. The innovative work of photography teacher Matt Stock has been nationally recognized, and the photographs of RE students are regularly exhibited in local galleries and at the Beaux Arts Festival.
  • Movie-making

    Throughout the RE curriculum, students research, write, shoot and edit movies. Recent projects have included cooking lessons filmed by Spanish students, videos illustrating characteristics of different ecosystems created by environmental science students, and documentary projects exploring social and economic conditions in Coconut Grove – all conceived, shot and edited by economics students.

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Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Middle School2045 South Bayshore DriveTel: 305-250-6850
Upper School3575 Main HighwayTel: 305-460-8800
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.