Introduction and Purpose

During the past several years, the district has continued to work towards enhancing and keeping current with their information/technology curriculum as well as aligning it to our school's vision and mission. Our vision is "Riverview School: Education for a lifetime of success". Our mission is "Riverview School in partnership with our community, will educate and nurture our children in a stimulating learning environment motivating them to become compassionate citizens who will experience a lifetime of success". Common Core Standards also have to be aligned as well into the curriculum.

In a report and mile guide for 21st century skills "Learning for the 21st Century", it was stated that there were six key elements of 21st Century Learning. These six elements include: emphasize core subjects, emphasize learning skills, use 21st century tools to develop learning skills, teach and learn in a 21st century context, teach and learn 21st century content and use 21st century assessments that measure 21st century skills. These elements give direction and vision into what schools should be striving toward.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, technology integration "occurs when educators use a variety of technology-supported strategies and tools for teaching and learning to transform learning experiences for all students across all curricular areas at all grade levels so that each child reaches optimum achievement." The article mentioned earlier "Learning for the 21st Century" also states that "schools need to increase emphasis on the additional knowledge and skills students will need for the 21st century." This is an opportune time to align standards, assessments and accountability measures with 21st century skills. With that in mind, more attention in our district will be given to aligning common core standards with technology. One of the issues in regards to bringing technology to the staff is to make them aware that technology is a resource, not another add-on. According to Jeff Horney, a Technology Integration Specialist, "The biggest challenge is getting everyone to stop seeing technology as one more thing that they need to add on, an adjunct rather than a part of the learning process. Technology is successful when it's used to make teaching and learning more constructive, more interactive - basically when it gives the students broader horizons."

Our goals and objectives will relate to the above mentioned information. Integration of content and information literacy through collaboration among classroom teachers, librarians, and technology facilitators is central to the learning process and is critical in students' intellectual development. Effective collaboration is one way to improve education when it revolves around high levels of interest, innovation, intensity, integration, and implementation. Through collaboration, we feel that the district will make teaching and learning more meaningful and create an environment where students can reach their potential and achieve success.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

Evers, Tony. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction: Technology
         integration defined. Retrieved June 10, 2013, from 
www.dpi.wi.gov.

Learning for the 21st Century. A report and mile guide for 21st 
             century skills. Retrieved June 10, 2013, from   
          www.21stcenturyskills.org.