The Emma Willard School Technology Statement serves as the foundational guide for our online learning program:
Emma Willard School aims to create a community where technology is used positively, safely, and with integrity. Drawing from our school mission to foster a love of learning and the habits of an intellectual life, we teach students to be curious and adaptable when making informed, thoughtful choices about technology. We strive to teach our students the skills and confidence to navigate responsibly and contribute productively as empathetic citizens in a digital world. In the classroom, we believe the purpose of educational technology is to enhance and support teaching and learning while respecting our foundational educational pedagogies. We also recognize the power of educational technology in extending learning and its ability to provide experiences that might not otherwise have been possible. Most importantly, we encourage our community to find a healthy balance when making decisions about technology use both in and out of the classroom.
As a faculty, we are committed to delivering the excellent Emma Willard School education that our students know and appreciate. Students will continue to engage in learning that covers a wide range of content and encourages deep thinking. Faculty may also modify content in the final nine weeks of class to allow students to engage with the world and our current situation, bringing their content knowledge to bear on relevant, timely topics. By choosing an asynchronous model of content delivery, we hope students will be able to often step away from screens to learn, and bring what they discover back to the virtual classroom.
Essential to the success of online learning is consistent and open communication. You will find below that we have established a weekly routine for our classes, guidelines for how we will deliver content, and expectations for students. As we embark on this journey we will be seeking regular feedback from students. We recognize this is a new experience for all of us and we expect there will be course correction along the way. Please reach out to your advisor with any questions or concerns that may arise. If you have a technology concern, please reach out to your advisor and email@example.com immediately.