CSG helps students learn to set intentional limits around their use of technology in order to be fully present in our community. We begin that process by asking that students leave cell phones at home. The semester orientation begins with a ten-day technology moratorium designed to help students transition from their home communities to their new community at the farmhouse. After the moratorium, the students are each given a Macbook laptop for both academic and personal use during their semester. Each semester the residential life team designs space in the weekend schedule during which students step away from all screens to engage fully in student selected community building activities.
With the limits in place and the conversations of intentional use happening on a daily basis, the academic use of technology is engaging and directed toward the scientific use of cutting edge imaging and data analysis. CSG students learn to appreciate the benefits of technology and use the technology at hand as a tool to enhance their learning and understanding of the world.