"How do we reimagine teaching and learning and use digital tools to really promote that? It's a wild western frontier. No one really knows for sure. I have my ideas." said Phillip Dunn, Director of Digital Learning and Technology for Greenwich Public Schools.
Phillip Dunn is used to being the first holding a new position. He was the first Chief Information Officer for the Stamford Public School and he is now the first Director of Digital Learning and Technology for the Greenwich Public Schools.
"I like to think of it as a mixture between the traditional IT leadership role where you are just managing the digital landscape but then there's this other piece to it that is very strategic and high level that asks, particularly in education, how do we reconceptualize education as being a digital learning environment" said Dunn.
Dunn will play a key role in the Greenwich Public School newest Digital Learning Initiative.
Dunn added "Education historically has always been very top down. Now we're in an age and era where students have so much access to information that they have their own synthesis and spin to put on it and their own things to create. The digital learning project here in Greenwich, while we do call it digital, I think it's something bigger philosophically."
Dunn has big ideas for the new initiative that begins its first phase for the 2013-2014 school year at Hamilton Avenue and Riverside Elementary Schools.
Dunn said "The promise of all these devices is to make the world a lot smaller and to provide connections where we formally couldn't connect."