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Connected Learning

Technology  |  Instruction  |  Environment

Connected Learning at Providence brings together modern technology and software with a college preparatory curriculum founded on the Western tradition, taught using the best proven instructional modes in an environment that connects students with teachers and the subject matter.

Providing our talented faculty and motivated students with individual iPads, technology for active learning, collaborative furniture, and state-of-the-art infrastructure creates an environment where a student’s social, personal, and academic worlds converge. As a result, learning becomes continuous and extends far outside the classroom. We are combining 21st century-technology and skills while holding firm to the ideas and pedagogical methods that have stood the scrutiny of time.


Providence is a place of learning, not just for our students, but for everyone. We are an educational community that continuously seeks innovative ways to enhance learning and to increase joy and satisfaction in the educational process. No school knows their students like Providence, and this increased level of interaction amongst our teachers and students provides a learning environment unique to Santa Barbara. We are excited to join with educators around the country who are placing cutting-edge technology in the hands of students, preparing them for the workplace of the future.

TECHNOLOGY  |  More than a 1:1 program

36634_490978334306377_1041634701_nThe use of technology at Providence is so much more than a 1:1 iPad program. It is an opportunity to achieve experiences in learning that have not been available to educators since the dawn of time. Connected Learning at Providence  combines state-of-the-art technology with sophisticated educational applications in every discipline, online academic spaces for continued learning outside the school day, tools for academic research and analysis, online course options, interactive displays in every classroom and commons area,  and electronic textbooks which literally make the text jump off the page. 

Our interactive classrooms incorporate modern technology into the everyday learning environment of our students and faculty. With the flexible classroom environments, the Providence interactive classroom supports active, interactive, experiential, and team-based modes of learning, breathing new life into a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum founded on Western Civilization and the Great Books. 

Connected Learning utilizes every space on our campus to connect teachers, students, and the Providence curriculum. This continuity allows our teachers and students to embrace technology seamlessly throughout the entire school program, from humanities and sciences to basketball practice and rock climbing.  

Key Elements of the TECHNOLOGY component of Connected Learning 

  • 1:1 iPad program for students and teachers
  • Campus-wide wireless connectivity and device management
  • Fully learning management system (LMS)
  • Google Apps account for every student and teacher
  • Online course options
  • Student Response Systems for continuous and immediate feedback during classes
  • Concerted focus on academic research and analysis
  • Skype for real time collaboration with any school/person in the world
  • A digital workflow of applications to enable students and teachers to interact with the entire Providence program
  • Partnerships with leaders in digital curriculum and learning tools

INSTRUCTION  |  What do we teach and how do we teach it?

556344_510564022347808_609486542_nIn the 21st century, information and ideas have become commodities. Every day, students are inundated with information they must sort through. To apply discernment to the barrage of ideas, students need to know what they believe, and why–and sometimes, more importantly, what they don’t believe and why. This is not accomplished through observing or consuming course material and related ideas, but by connecting and interacting with the Providence  faculty and curriculum. Providence teachers connect students with our curriculum through many pedagogical styles and equip them with the tools to communicate their ideas in both the written and spoken word.  Connected Learning at Providence connects students with ideas and knowledge through debate and discussions, Socratic seminars, individual and group presentations, lectures, quick writes, position papers, research, exploration, team-based projects, travel, digital media, historical reenactments, and so much more. 

Connected Learning instruction is the process by which our students engage teachers of great intellect, faith, and character as they delve into the works of William Shakespeare, explore the human genome, or debate the varying political philosophies of Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau through a variety of best-practice instruction modes and experiences. 

Key Elements of the INSTRUCTION component of Connected Learning

  • Teachers well-equipped to engage and connect with students through a variety of instruction modes from debate and discussion to lecture and team projects. 
  • A curriculum and teaching philosophy that seeks to move students from passive consumers of information to active life-long learners. 
  • Peer-to-peer learning connecting students with other students through team teaching, group-based projects, and collaborative research papers.
  • Connecting students with the business and not-for-profit world through guest speakers, internships, service projects, and local and international travel and service opportunities.


34728_490978697639674_367241690_nA student’s environment affects his or her learning. Connected Learning at Providence connects technology and the best proven instructional methodologies and curriculum with an environment that encourages active participation and engagement with other students, faculty and the entire school program. This is accomplished through flexible classrooms, mobile furniture, student/teacher collaboration spaces, and a school culture of connectedness, collaboration, and community.

Classrooms equipped with mobile furniture allow teachers to change the physical space of any classroom in a matter of seconds. This furniture gives our teachers control and flexibility to effectively utilize multiple instructional modes within a single class period, speaking directly to the various learning styles of each student. Our furniture also adapts to the learner, providing our students with a more comfortable and personal learning space in every class. Fully equipped with personal storage space, iPad stand, and a movable table top and sitting station, this furniture puts students in control of their environment.  


To provide our students with these flexible and individualized learning spaces, we have partnered with Steelcase Inc. to equip each classroom with Node chairs, verb tables, and other collaborative spaces on campus.  

Key Elements of the Environment component of Connected Learning 

  • Comfortable and collaborative mobile and active classroom furniture (node and verb furniture sets)
  • Flexible, connected classroom environments
  • Collaborative meeting spaces
  • A school culture that views the school space through the lens of instruction, technology, and opportunities for enhanced connection. 

 What our faculty is saying about Connected Learning

“I believe the 1:1 iPad program at Providence will positively transform the way I introduce new material, teach the steps involved in solving problems, and assess the comprehension of my students,” says mathematics teacher Laura Newton.

The new technology has many applications beyond math and science classes, according to humanities department chair Bruce Rottman “The iPad is an amazing tool that will help me reach each student in new ways. I’ll be able to help students edit their papers while they write them at home. I can record lectures for students to review in the evening at home and devote classroom time to helping them one-on-one,” he says. “I’m looking forward to having Providence students become even more engaged in the learning process. I can’t wait to integrate technology in our curriculum—it will be an exciting and unique adventure.”