STER­LING HALL

The Kids Post - - Registry of Educators - MARCO ZIMBALATTI DI­REC­TOR OF IT AND TEACHER

Ster­ling Hall’s Di­rec­tor of IT, Marco Zimbalatti, has been at the school for more than 10 years and is a val­ued se­nior staff mem­ber and teacher. "The boys here get very ex­cited by tech­nol­ogy and its ap­pli­ca­tion,” he says. “Even in the pri­mary grades, ev­ery teacher and stu­dent uses tech to pro­mote crit­i­cal think­ing and cre­ative com­mu­ni­ca­tion." Along with pro­vid­ing tech­ni­cal sup­port and strate­gic di­rec­tion on IT, Zimbalatti also en­gages with the stu­dents in spe­cially-in­ten­tioned mak­erspace pro­grams. Ster­ling Hall’s mak­erspaces in­spire the boys, as­sist­ing them in their cre­ative process, be it in the wood shop or the com­puter, ro­bot­ics or science labs. “Our com­puter lab holds drones, video edit­ing tools, robots and vir­tual and aug­mented re­al­ity ex­pe­ri­ences,” Zimbalatti says. As all stu­dents en­gage with th­ese sys­tems and tools, it is im­por­tant to en­sure that their own stu­dent agency is at the fore­front: their ca­pac­ity to take pur­pose­ful ini­tia­tive and seek the out­comes they de­sire. “Tech­nol­ogy also pro­motes adapt­abil­ity and agility: I hope that when our stu­dents grad­u­ate, they per­ceive a spec­tac­u­lar fu­ture for them­selves and the world and they un­der­stand, as with most things, that the fu­ture holds an el­e­ment of un­cer­tainty when work­ing with tech. That’s where the growth hap­pens, and that’s the ex­cite­ment!”

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