Tech Trends in Education

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Cory Olcott teaches English and serves as dean of the sophomore class and director of student activities at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School in Waltham, Massachusetts. As part of his commitment to the field, Cory Olcott stays up-to-date on how technology is being integrated in education. The following are three current tech trends in the field.

1. Preparing students for the future: Schools are striving to prepare students for a technology-driven future by strengthening infrastructure, which entails building strong wireless networks. Schools are also ensuring that students engage with technology in a real-world way to prepare for their careers.

2. Personalizing the learning experience: Teachers are embracing technology and using it to give students a personalized learning experience. Technology can provide teachers with live feedback on students’ learning, allowing them to adjust their teaching for each student.

3. Using virtual reality: Schools are using tools that employ virtual reality, such as Virtuali-Tee, through which students can explore the human body, and Google Explorations, which offers virtual tours of museums.

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Cory Olcott

After years of teaching while coaching sports teams in California, Cory Olcott moved across the country to enroll in Harvard University's School Leadership Program, where he will earn his license to serve as a school administrator. While attending this program, Olcott also works as a Principal Intern at TechBoston Academy, where he observes teachers in the classroom and provides evaluations and feedback to help them improve their methods. Cory Olcott began his professional career as an English teacher, where he jump-started in-school water polo programs and helped lead one of his first teams to a 29-1 record. As Olcott changed schools over his career, he continued to serve various water polo clubs and programs as a coach. In three seasons as the head water polo coach at Palo Alto High School, Cory Olcott helped five players receive scholarships to Division I programs, while six of his players were honored as Academic All-Americans. Through his studies at Harvard University, Olcott is expanding on his knowledge of education through classes that prepare him for the administrative duties of running a school, including financial strategies, fundraising considerations, and leadership ethics. He is expected to earn his principal licensure in the summer of 2012. Cory Olcott earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University and his Master of Arts degree from Stanford University. Outside of work, Olcott enjoys swimming, running, skiing, exploring New England, and spending time with his son and daughter. He is a Co-Chair of the Northwestern 20th Reunion Committee and is a member of the Northwestern University Leadership Council.

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