How The Frederick Gunn School Empowers Boarding Students to Use Technology “Wisely and Well”

Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Frederick Gunn School is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school located in western Connecticut. In addition to the habits and skills students will need in college and life beyond, the school teaches students to follow Mr. Gunn’s example: to cultivate wisdom, to be trailblazers, to act with conviction, and to value character as highly as intellect and achievement. This case study explores how The Frederick Gunn School addressed the growing issue of “uncritical engagement” of technology among its students. 

The Frederick Gunn School’s Challenges

  • How do we empower students to use social media and technology in mindful, meaningful ways?
  • How do we easily integrate into an established Residential Life program?
  • How do we foster meaningful relationships between students and faculty?
  • How do we equip faculty, who did not grow up with tech, with the skills they need to effectively talk to students about this ever-changing topic?