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Stories of Excellence


Below find two booklets that compile case studies related to teaching and technology.



Stories of Excellence: Case Studies of Exemplary Blended and Fully Online Learning

This booklet explores how independent schools are embracing the transformational potential of online learning to achieve positive, meaningful faculty and student outcomes. The case studies profile educators who are using online learning to give each student the opportunity to have a voice and participate in class activities, build community and collaborate, and develop responsibility and independence.  Also read about faculty and administrators who embrace online learning to create personal learning networks and communities of practice to share best practices and challenges. Browse the booklet today – be inspired by your colleagues and pick up good ideas you can pursue at your school. For NAIS, this is an opportunity to tell the story of innovation in independent schools.  


Stories of Excellence Booklet: Profiles of Exemplary Teaching and Learning with Technology (2009)

In support of NAIS’s Principles of Good Practice for Technology Use in Independent Schools and Schools of the Future initiative, in 2009 NAIS’s 21st Century Curriculum/Technology Task Force invited schools with outstanding examples of teaching and learning with technology to submit case studies.

The case studies in Stories of Excellence: Profiles of Exemplary Teaching and Learning with Technology are intended to serve as role models to inspire other schools and teachers to create their own programs and join in the unfolding story of how schools must keep apace with the changes going on in society and in our students' lives. School teams may use the case studies as part of their discussions, planning, and brainstorming for how technology will be used in their classrooms.

The independent schools that shared their technology stories have common key ingredients. Each of them has, as a part of its mission or guiding principles, the commitment to student-centered learning, diversity and inclusiveness, the development of creative thinkers, and a stated commitment to using technology to achieve their goals in preparing students for life beyond school. The 21st Century Curriculum/Technology Task Force sees these stories as examples not only of what individual teachers should be doing in their classrooms, but as windows into the organizational and cultural adjustments needed in independent schools to support evolving curriculum. 



Article Date: 9/17/2012
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