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The Why for Technology Integration

As Carmel Clay Schools embraces and navigates the future of education technology, we aim to inform the community of the significant steps we are taking internally to secure our students' data and privacy and share helpful tools for families. But before we dive into the "how," we wanted to share the "why."   

Our Assistant Director of Digital Security & Privacy, Kate Masterson, explains:

Technology expands our paradigm of what is meant by student-centered learning. It challenges us to consider the ways teaching and learning are transformed in a digital learning landscape. In this shift, learning boundaries blur as classrooms mix with real-life experiences. Students can move seamlessly across learning spaces as they gain new understandings and skills, participating as active learners in a world of possibility. Educators are no longer the primary source of information; we must prepare students to find and understand information for themselves. Students set goals, unpack problems, and determine their strategies and tools. With this knowledge, students can accomplish their goals in various ways.

Students are no longer passive receptors of teacher-driven lessons. The heart of the transformation must be a shift in focus to engaging in student-centered, teacher-supported learning opportunities. And as we envision the future, the spotlight will shine brightly on our students, who are empowered to think critically and drive their learning in meaningful ways. In short, we are witnessing the expansion of a student-centered and student-driven environment.

What students learn, how they learn it, and how their learning is assessed are all driven by each student's needs and abilities. In classroom practice, this means that we: 

  • Allow students to share in decision making
  • Believe in students' capacity to lead
  • Relinquish the need for control, and
  • Embrace the challenges and possibilities  

"Technology will not replace great teachers, but technology in the hands of great teachers can be transformational." 

~George Couros