@ The Bank Street School For Children
As a leader in progressive education, the School for Children represents a model for good and meaningful uses of technology by and for children. This technology plan outlines the categories of technology use and the goals within each that will enable us to integrate technology tools into our school’s learning culture in ways that are thoughtful, deliberate, intelligent, and mission consistent.
The School for Children is part of a larger institution, making it unique for an independent school. The Information Technology (IT) department supports the SFC along with the other departments and divisions of the College. Therefore, decisions around technology often involve a collaborative process with members across the institution, especially as many classrooms are shared spaces. A collaborative process strengthens IT decisions, helping to ensure that technology planning is strategic and meets the needs of the entire College.
The technology available to us today provides our students with opportunities to access ideas and information unavailable to any previous generation of learners. It has enabled research, the development of critical thinking skills, connections to other people, places, and times, access to documents, art, poetry and literature, and opportunities to create interpretations and presentations of learning using a variety of media. In many real ways, it transforms the challenge of school from that of having limited resources to having virtually limitless ones.
Technology Can Enable the Community to:
- Support learning as a social, collaborative process
- Solve problems in different group settings
- Develop a stronger sense of community and social responsibility
- Structure learning around artifacts, stories, historical documents, and other digitized representations of cultural experiences (movies, multimedia, websites, computer programs, etc.)
- Design experiences which lead children to make discoveries about big ideas
- Replicate and reflect on outside experiences inside the classroom
- Support multiple means of representation, presentation, and of expressing student thought
- Tap into the diversity of the world allowing for global connections
- Support differentiated learning experiences to help students learn in ways that work best for them
Bank Street College Mission Statement
The mission of Bank Street College is to improve the education of children and their teachers by applying to the educational process all available knowledge about learning and growth, and by connecting teaching and learning meaningfully to the outside world. In so doing, we seek to strengthen not only individuals, but the community as well, including family, school, and the larger society in which adults and children, in all their diversity, interact and learn. We see in education the opportunity to build a better society.