A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE ON THIS VOLUME
“To make a difference is not a matter of accident, a matter of casual occurrence of the tides. People
choose to make a difference.” – Maya Angelou
In 2001, the American School of Bombay (ASB) chose to make a difference in how we prepare our
students for an increasingly technological world. We recognized the principles and challenges of a
cultural migration to a 21st century digital learning environment. We made a commitment to
Anytime, Anywhere Learning – this vision continues to guide our use of technology.
Our student-centered vision reflects our belief that the appropriate use of technology has the power
to transform our teaching/learning processes:
“We envision a world at ASB where purposeful, integrated uses of technology tools inspire creativity
and innovation, support continuous inquiry, foster collaboration, enhance learning and achievement
in all academic areas, and enable students to develop critical thinking skills, apply information
literacy, and manage complexity. We envision a world at ASB where all members of the community
understand and model respectful, responsible, and ethical uses of technology in academic, social, and
Our vision supports meaningful learning for all students, outlines the educational goals for using
technology, and supports the mission of our school. The following belief statements continue to
guide the realization of our vision:
Teachers can be most effective when they facilitate collaborative student learning through a
wide variety of media-rich, interactive, and authentic learning experiences.
Students can thrive when lifelong learning and collaboration in an increasingly digital world
are effectively modeled by teachers and administrators.
Parents can play a major role in the education of their children when they work with
teachers to connect formal and informal uses of technology.
Stakeholders from every sector of a learning community can be empowered to become
leaders and effect positive change.
A responsible learning community is dedicated to modeling and facilitating a clear
understanding of the social, ethical, and legal issues and responsibilities related to our
evolving digital culture.