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“ The new Campus Master Plan supports teaching today and beyond....”
ithin Springs’ Strategic Plan, and therefore the Campus Master Plan, is “the ideal classroom.” Our goal is that every classroom at Springs will be an ideal learning environment, fully prepared to meet the needs of our students and teachers as they make use of all the resources that are available for projects and inquiries — inside of class and out. Springs must provide this access to educate our students today and to prepare them for school, life and work beyond Springs. One area that is essential in the modern classroom is technology. The teacher, and their relationship with their students, is at the heart of a Springs education, and that is not going to change. But technology provides a whole range of new tools that can enhance the teaching and learning process. One example is “flipping” the classroom experience so that homework involves watching a video of a lecture, and class time is dedicated to interacting with your teacher and classmates as you solve problems or discuss the work at hand.
GA R ETH VA U GHAN Di r e c to r, I n di a n Sp ri n g s School
Some of the challenges that currently face us include the basic infrastructure of the older buildings. Two electrical outlets per classroom are just not adequate when almost every student and teacher has a laptop or hand-held device needing charging. The use of wireless devices means that bandwidth is always at a premium. And, most importantly, to fully enjoy the rich benefits of a superconnected educational environment, our faculty and administration will need their own intense program of professional development. With this in mind, the Board’s new Technology Subcommittee is at work in a process that, running parallel to the Campus Master Plan, will revolutionize technology at Springs. We are delighted that so many alumni and friends of the school with relevant educational and information technology experience have joined our efforts. These individuals include Kyung Han ’85, a co-founder of the MIT Open CourseWare project; William Belser ’80; David Nelson ’93; Jonathan Cohen, a graduate fellow at the University of Virginia’s Center for Technology and Education; and Board members Stephen Black and Donald Hess ’66. The committee’s first step has been to recommend a full technology audit that will help guide the school as it plans for the future. With the guidance and expertise present on the Technology Subcommittee, we can expect to see educational technology at Springs flourish in tandem with the building of beautiful, state-of-the-art learning environments as envisaged in our dynamic, new Campus Master Plan.
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The magazine continues the school's celebration of its 60th year, with a particular focus on faculty.