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Canterbury School is Winning the Ed Tech Battle

By Kyle Cebull and Nicole Allbritton P

ositioning itself as a leader in educational technology, Canterbury School is transforming the way students and teachers learn and teach inside and outside of the classroom.

While some “older” methods of learning are still

in use (i.e. desktop

computers and dry erase boards), as a Pre-K3-12 independent school, Canterbury is pursuing a technological plan that inspires innovative teaching and learning in “an academic environment focused on inquiry-based learning.”

Canterbury’s recently hired Director of Innovation, Katrina Keene, hand-in- hand with IT partner, Entech, are working together to transform the school’s learning landscape, both physically and mentally.

“Katrina will help us innovate in the

way we teach, the way we communicate and the way we utilize our technology for the benefit of the entire Canterbury community. I have no doubt that she will transform the technological landscape on

our campus,” said Tony Paulus, Head of School.

Serving as Canterbury’s technology

partner since 2010, Jake Spanberger, President of Entech, and his team have worked to implement a strategy that led to the complete transformation of Canterbury’s technological environment.

Some of the changes seen include the integration of iPads and Apple TVs in most classrooms, replacing desktop computers with laptops, campus-wide wireless network and the launch of “The Cougar Den,” an active learning environment in the middle school designed for collaboration using smart boards, media centers and mobile workspaces for students.

“We have an advanced technology infrastructure at Canterbury, along with a strong desire from the faculty and staff to integrate technology into the curriculum,” said Spanberger.

In promoting Canterbury’s mission

Katrina Keene, Director of Innovation

and vision of academic excellence through the technology plan, the school envisions a future that allows technology to be used “to prompt and encourage cross- disciplinary efforts in inquiry, instruction and design, and better prepares our students for both college and the 21st century,” said Paulus.

In an effort to ensure its success, Canterbury set strategic goals designed to enhance and evolve the educational experience. Some of these include equipping Canterbury with state-of- the-art technology resources; ensure students graduate with an understanding and a proficiency with technology as an educational and productivity tool; provide access to digital tools to facilitate communication and collaboration among and between students and teachers; and expand the curriculum to enable students to develop competencies in computer programming and design.

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