Innovate to Educate Entry

Tampa Preparatory School

Chad Lewis, Director of Technology

What innovative technology initiative or project are you most proud of, and how has it improved teaching and learning in your school/district?

The creation of the Active Learning Environment concept at Tampa Preparatory School and the transformative effects it has had upon our teachers and their abilities to engage students has enabled us to personalize student learning and address the 4 Cs of 21st century learning: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration and Communication.

What were some of the biggest challenges to your initiative, and how did you meet those challenges?

Although there has been a considerable amount of change in pedagogy, the fact that our teachers are 'lifelong learners' has really aided in the rather quick adoption of the Active Learning Concept by faculty. The biggest challenge is in making the technology itself as seamless as possible to the teachers. The integration of vast amounts of audio/visual equipment, wireless networking and software has been quite a challenge. The combination of a great technology department, responsive vendors and an insightful building solutions provider, has enabled all of these disparate parts to come together in a harmonious way.

What are the three biggest components that need to be in place for tech innovation to succeed are:

Full constituent buy-in and collaboration
Top notch installation and performance of all technologies
Constant and relevant training and professional development

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