Through the focused use of technology resources, students will be 21st century leaders who are independent thinkers, skilled communicators, creative producers, effective researchers, collaborative workers, ethical leaders, and lifelong learners.
The primary focus of our plan is to support the curriculum, instruction, and assessment of information and technology literacy within all classrooms. In today's world, information and technology are inseparable and ubiquitous. It is through technology that we easily access vast amounts of information, utilize powerful tools to process information, and apply multiple platforms to disseminate information.
This unification has irrevocably changed the nature and necessities of education. While always important, it is now imperative for all students to acquire well-honed skills in critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and resourcefulness. With the increase of global interactions, they must also develop an understanding and comfort with multiple perspectives, context, empathy, and ambiguity. These multi-faceted skills require students imbued with the qualities of an independent, life-long learner with the ability to flexibly adapt to an ever-changing assortment of technological tools.
The only constant for our children moving forward is that of change. As such, we will instill in our students the skills and understandings that will allow them to recognize potential problems and opportunities and generate effective plans for action, using a wide array of technology resources to effectively and ethically accomplish their goals.
We have organized our strategies into five primary focus areas:
- Systems Infrastructure
- Resources and Communication
Each area is interrelated and while each is important individually, no single focus area has the transformative effect alone as when combined with the others.
Our students live in a digital world, and our schools must adapt instruction accordingly. We have the opportunity and the responsibility to use research-based, technology-enabled practices to thrill, inspire, and capture the imaginations of our students. [We] hope to create environments for deeper cognitive development through inquiry, real and relevant project based learning, and differentiated instruction. The program turns teachers into facilitators, guides, and co-investigators; students become producers, apprentices, and co-explorers. [This plan] establishes 21st century instructional settings using 21st century techniques to enable 21st century children to succeed.
- Michael Golden