Tech Time is a before and after school program where students examine the hardware, software, and social aspects of technology. It is a collaboration between the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science and Kenwood Elementary School.
- To define technology broadly as the art, craft, and skillful use of tools to achieve our goals.
- To facilitate project- and inquiry-based learning.
- To work collaboratively in order to build community. We define community as face-to-face interactions that help us build shared goals, recognize our interdependence, and feel a sense of belonging.
- To prepare students from underrepresented communities to be technology innovators.
“When we look at modern man, we have to face the fact that modern man suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit, which stands in glaring contrast with a scientific and technological abundance. We’ve learned to fly the air as birds, we’ve learned to swim the seas as fish, yet we haven’t learned to walk the Earth as brothers and sisters.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Tech Time will not merely measure its success on how well we prepare the Kenwood community to participate in a world of scientific and technological abundance. We will measure our success based on our own and our children's ability to "walk the earth as brothers and sisters." In other words, we aim to see students, teachers, parents, and community members discovering and working towards shared goals that recognize our interdependence and aim to find a place of belonging for each member of the community.