Building on the foundation established by Dalton's historical commitment to experimentation and reform and the school's efforts to promote a healthy evolution of its curricula, the New Laboratory for Teaching and Learning provides a vehicle for Dalton faculty and students to pursue innovative strategies for teaching and learning, using technology.
Under the auspices of NLTL, The Dalton Technology Plan was developed to enhance communication within the community, create a new awareness of the range of information locally and globally available, and to provide a powerful array of tools that make possible new modes of analysis and curricular expression. The technology program encourages an educational environment free of traditional constraints of time, resources, and space; where cooperation is a significant motivator, and inquiry and self-guided learning have intrinsic value.
The technology program supports and enhances the way Dalton teaches writing, literature, math, science, language, art, and history. NLTL provides students with an array of powerful tools that allow them to focus their energy on problem-solving and higher level thinking skills. Interactive multimedia programs and tools have been integrated into assignments in a differentiated, interdisciplinary, and constructivist way throughout the curriculum facilitate scholarship and intellectual inquiry.
Through the technology program, collaborative efforts between NLTL and the faculty have produced many programs, projects, and initiatives - including the new Faculty Summer Laptop Program - that support the teaching and learning goals of the Dalton Plan.
Dalton faculty and students make use of Digital Portfolios and collections of shared digital images, audio, video, and text. Students not only learn about different fields but are enabled to function as archaeologists, mathematicians, astronomers, and historians with the help of technology.