Being at the forefront of technology use in schools is in the DNA of Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart. At our core is an educational philosophy that we share with 20 other Sacred Heart schools across the United States and in 35 countries around the world. Founded in 1800, the Society of the Sacred Heart nurtures girls into confident, informed, spiritually-centered and responsible women.
The Religious of the Sacred Heart have for two centuries continued to strike the balance between the traditional and the progressive. In our school, the whole child is educated and, while laptops and other educational technologies can supplement this experience, they cannot replace it. Since 1999, when Carrollton first joined the Anywhere Anytime Learning Program, which amplified the use of educational technologies by students in the classroom, there has been a strong emphasis on using technology to improve the educational experience. Having become a laptop school over twenty years ago has given us an advantage is sustaining that balance as we have integrated and adjusted while many schools have only now begun grappling with the challenges of a laptop environment. Now, as students learn more through portable technologies like tablets, phones, and wearables, our education professionals can bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to their integration in our community.
Information technology continues to change the way in which people interact with each other and how they access, process, create and share information. The rapid growth and continuous evolution of complex technologies in all facets of society and the transformation in the nature of work demand that schooling and its use of technology shift in response. Students are introduced to the collaborative nature of today’s technology and encouraged to use it to communicate with other students and faculty in and out of the classroom. Just as technology has made the high-performance workplace possible, when it is effectively integrated into classroom instruction at all levels, it can raise both the quality of teaching and the level of student understanding and achievement.
Philosopher Eric Hoffer stated: "In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists." The dynamics which characterize today's age of information and communication dictate that lifelong learning must become the dominant paradigm for education. A desire to learn now and in the future must guide every classroom. The administration and faculty at Carrollton consider technology to be a valuable tool to support and increase students' desire to create life long learners guides by the Goals and Criteria and prepared to be the best version of themselves.