Today at Shipley, educational technology allows our classrooms to be living laboratories of learning. In addition, putting laptops and iPads in the hands of students has meant that learning is happening anywhere, anytime and is not confined to either the class time or classroom walls. Students are expanding their use of technology to reflect and self-assess in a variety of formats, maintaining digital portfolios to keep a history of their transformations as learners.
Technology at Shipley a decade ago looked a lot different than it does today—it was an event.
Today, technology is a tool in the hands of all of our students and teachers. Teachers are providing more timely and constructive feedback to students, creating and sharing videos to support learning, and connecting with other educators. Students are blogging to connect with others, skyping to learn geography, and creating and researching in ways they could not before.
Relationships between and among our faculty are our students defines Shipley as a school. Educational technology at Shipley supports and enhances, not replaces, these personal relationships. Students develop confidence which is at the root of classroom exploration and creativity. These powerful tools are enabling more blended learning, easier collaboration and connection, a wider array of creative products, expanded differentiation, and ongoing and organized student self-assessment.