This Technology Integration Spotlight was written by Jennifer Scott, parent of Kate ('22), Parker ('22), and Ryland ('22).
When asked to reflect on our family’s experience with technology integration at Darlington, I struggled, but not for reasons you might assume. Technology has been so seamlessly intertwined with our children’s educational experience that it is difficult for me to specifically tease out.
My children are triplets in the 11th grade. During our 12 years at Darlington, our students have moved from smart board usage to iPads and then MacBooks. Along the way, standards have been set for responsible use of technology through student-centered rules for the road and parent meetings to guide our entire family through the process. We have felt fully supported, even (dare I say especially) when our children have struggled. My calls and questions have always been greeted with care and concern. As a team, we have found creative strategies to help our children see technology as a tool they can master as opposed to allowing it to overwhelm and master them.
In addition to classroom integration, our children have been allowed to pursue their individual interests through creative technology classes, robotics, summer enrichment, and technology fair competitions. Their experiences with website design, programming, audio production, videography, and photography have spilled over into interests and pursuits in their life outside of school.
When COVID-19 required the school to suddenly deliver curriculum online in the spring of 2020, our children handled the technological aspect in stride. As parents, we had trust in the school’s ability to continue providing quality education. The requests for feedback from students, teachers, and parents alike over the summer of 2020 led to even greater strides as classes resumed in the fall of 2020.
Our school website is a true gift as a parent. I can easily access meaningful and up-to-date information at any time. I especially appreciate the rotating daily schedule and athletic commitments being personalized, as keeping up with multiple children’s whereabouts can be a feat!
I am grateful for the investment Darlington makes in the technological aspect of education. I know our children will be ready for the next step of the educational journey as a result of the many opportunities they have had in pre-K to 12.
Submitted by Jennifer Scott