Technology & Libraries

Russel Family Library and Media Center

The Lower School Library collection consists of almost 15,000 items and offers excellent choices in fiction and nonfiction titles (General and Judaic), and Hebrew Picture books. The library curriculum complements and reinforces many units studied in both general and judaic Classes.

Students in all grades are taught the importance of handling books carefully; the usefulness of knowing the parts of a book; recognizing various authors and illustrators and are introduced to special award winners. Students are taught to identify characteristics of various literary genres, and encouraged to compare literature from different cultures, (fairy tales, folk tales, fables, myths, and tall tales).

Students in all grades are taught the physical arrangement of the library. Students can distinguish between the alphabetic arrangement of fiction and numerical arrangement of nonfiction. The Dewey decimal classification system is introduced in the third grade and expanded in more detail in the fourth grade. Students are taught to use the online catalog (OPAC) with assistance in the lower grades and independently in the upper grades.

General reference materials such as encyclopedias, atlases, dictionaries, thesauri are introduced in the third and fourth grade. Online encyclopedias and selected internet sites will be used for research assignments.

Macks Upper School Library

The Macks Upper School Library and Media Center, with a collection of approximately 12,000 books and 1,400 videos in both General Studies and Judaics, is at the heart of the Beth Tfiloh mission to inspire the mind and nourish the soul. The 2,000-square-foot, light-filled space offers access to our online library catalog, databases, and eBooks on both the middle and high school levelsThe databases provide students with full-text access to thousands of periodicals and other reference sources both in school and off campus on virtually any research topic. There are also a number of databases that are provided through the Baltimore County Public Library system which students can use to complete research assignments. Access to these public library databases is available to anyone with a Baltimore County Public Library card. (Students who reside outside of Baltimore County have access to these resources through our school library card.) The Library also has state-of-the-art computer and audiovisual equipment available to both students and faculty.


Our award-winning school technology program has received local and national acclaim, as recipient of the Baltimore Business Journal Award for Excellence in School Technology and the 2001 National Blue Ribbon Special Recognition Award for Educational Technology.

Beth Tfiloh is a “Laptop Friendly” environment, with a school-wide wireless network. The High School encourages, but does not require, students to bring their own portable device to class. Additional computing resources are available to support classes as needed, inculding access to a variety of computer labs, laptop and iPad carts, and printers both during the school day and after school. 
 The High School library is equipped with a mini-lab providing students with Internet access and hi-speed printing. Students are able to use online database engines from the library, search the school collection and use the desktops for other applications. The High School Publications Office is available to students who are involved with the Beth Tfiloh yearbook, Kadima, or the school newspaper, Insight. This office is equipped with desktop publishing computers, printers, digital cameras and scanners. 

Our High School classrooms are equipped with wireless network projectors that will allow a teacher to connect and project within seconds.

All students in Grades 5 through 12 are entitled to a free license of Office 365 and the Office Professional suite, for their home computers, which is made available through our school-wide license.

Our technology infrastructure includes a school-wide wireless network, with load balancing, content filtlering, and redundant connections.

Through their four years in the High School, students can elect to take a variety of Computer Science courses, including Introduction to Programming Animation, Fundamentals of Computer Science, AP Computer Science I, and AP Computer Science II. A Film Production elective, and student publications, such as the newspaper, yearbook, and art/literary magazine, provide additional opportunities for computer-assisted publication design, graphical and video editing applications.

The goal of the Computer Technology program in the Lower School is to provide students with skills to design, create, communicate, and solve problems by using computer technology.  Coding skills are used to reinforce concepts in computational thinking, logical reasoning and sequencing skills, as well as language arts, math, and other curricular areas. Utilizing the computer lab and a class set of iPads, students gain confidence using desktop computers and tablets. They use a variety of applications to create a wide array of projects and build skills that enhance and strengthen the General and Judaic Studies curricula. Digital citizenship, including safeguarding privacy, proper care of hardware and software, cyberbullying, safe and effective searching, and respecting intellectual property are introduced in an age appropriate manner. 

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School

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Baltimore’s only Jewish independent preparatory school serving PreSchool through Grade 12.