Innovate to Educate Entry

Tiverton Middle School

Laurie Dias-MItchell, Principal

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

I wrote the grant that that included the installation of a SMALLab (situated multimedia arts learning lab), one of two in the northeast, with the other located at MIT in Boston. The SMALLab is integrated across science units and grade levels and has attracted observers from other school districts in Massachusetts as well as in Rhode Island.

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

The biggest challenge was retrofitting a 20th Century classroom to install cutting-edge 21st Century educational technology.

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

The willingness to take risks regarding integrating the new technologies in order to pioneer the migration from analog methodologies towards the digital delivery models.
Supporting and resourcing staff members who will be using the technology.
Providing ongoing maintenance, tech support, and necessary upgrades.

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