The Hartsbrook School

Human Approach To Working With Technology

What  does it take to balance the usefulness of technology with its tendencies to replace the more direct experiences with one another and the world? What cultivates the discipline to know a healthy limit? How can we develop the capacity to make more conscious choices when technology is in every aspect of our lives? How do we help children and ourselves to become masters of this tool, rather than to be enslaved or addicted to it?

We are excited to launch a series of community events on this theme:

Why Children Need a Human Education for a Technological World 

All School Address 10/11/2017 Chip Weems PhD, Computer Science professor at UMASS and teacher of Science and Computer Science at Hartsbrook 


Conscious Use of Technology & Media Mindfulness
Friday October 20, 2017, 6:30pm-9:00pm
Faculty and parents will work together in looking at this topic in a collaborative format.  Discussion with Chip Weems PhD, Computer Science professor at UMASS and teacher of Science and Computer Science at Hartsbrook High and Susan McNamara, MA, author of “Connection at Any Cost: How Technology is Failing Our Children”

Workshop with Susan McNamara
Saturday October 21, 2017, 10am-12pm
Join us for activities that promote imagination and connection. All ages welcome. Parents can join a workshop with Susan McNamara.  Parents and children participate in faculty-led, developmentally-appropriate activities that highlight our curriculum.  How does the Waldorf curriculum help students to build the capacities which will help them achieve a healthy relationship to technology?

Technology Discussion Evening
Friday March 2, 2018, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Where are we as a community? Reports from faculty, parents – what is our shared experience, where are we headed?  What changes are helping, big and small?

What to Do When the Network’s Down
Saturday March 3, 2018 10am-12pm
Join us for a morning of creative activities.  All ages welcome.


Making Conscious Technology Choices For Your Child
Mondays: 10:00 -12:00pm, 10/23, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27 ($140-$210 sliding scale)
Workshop with Susan McNamara, M.A. Delve deeply into a more reflective, practical and developmentally appropriate approach to technology and your child; ones that takes into account their real needs, what matters most to you, and your precious time together as a family. Susan McNamara, MA, is the author of “Connection at Any Cost: How Technology is Failing Our Children”

To Enroll: (413) 586-1908, ext. 115