Chapin has developed a three-year Technology Strategic Plan that articulates the school’s vision for technology and provides a road map for implementation. The plan focuses on four main areas:
- Nuts and Bolts – Defining the school’s needs for infrastructure technology, hardware and software.
- Transforming Education – Exploring the ideas, people, and training needed to transform how we teach and how students learn.
- Digital Citizenship – Establishing how we teach students about the acceptable use of technology, the ethical standards of “digital citizenship,” appropriate and self-protective on-line behavior, and how that relates to Chapin’s five virtues.
- Measurement of Progress – Evaluating the progress as increasingly sophisticated use of technology in instruction moves up the SAMR model:
- Substitution – Technology acts as a direct substitute for things already being done.
- Augmentation – Technology acts to enhance instruction.
- Modification – Technology allows for significant changes in the form of instruction.
- Redefinition – Technology allows for the creation of new tasks and skills previously inconceivable without new technology.
With a Strategic Plan in place, Chapin is making a major investment in infrastructure, networks, training and hardware. The plan is a comprehensive guide to promote greater and more meaningful integration of technology into the daily life of our students. Our overarching goal is to ensure that our children become responsible, well-prepared “digital citizens.”