Create, Collaborate & Innovate
- Increased Student Achievement - Through instructional strategies that apply best practices in teaching and learning, technology will become the catalyst for instructional change which will support the curriculum, and student learning will improve.
- Increased Student Engagement - Effective implementation of technology will result in the creation of engaging and relevant curriculum thus serving as an accelerator of and for student learning.
- Create Relevant and Authentic Learning Opportunities - Through personalized, authentic, and collaborative learning experiences, students will engage in real-world problem solving through an inquiry approach to learning.
- 21st Century Learning Skills - Strategic focus on blending specific skills, content knowledge, area expertise, and literacy with innovative support systems to help students master skills required of them to be college and career ready. The three core skills: life & career skills, learning & innovation skills, and information media & technology skills.
- Provide Equity of Access for all Learners - We will bridge the digital divide by providing all students with access to technology tools and resources for anytime, anywhere learning.
RationaleProject RED released a report in 2010 that focused on three major issues in education in the United States:
This report reviewed almost 1000 schools with comprehensive data points and aimed to rank technology practices in order of highest impact on the classroom. This report also found that, properly implemented, technology saves money; in fact, schools with a 1:1 computer-student ratio saw the most cost savings in many areas, from printing costs to online textbooks. Some of the factors for proper implementation include the principal as an effective instructional leader and having a full adoption of technology practices for every teacher, with online collaboration for students on a daily basis. Finally, the report found that schools with a successfully implemented 1:1 computer program, along with utilizing key instructional strategies, had a significant impact on student performance. Additional positive effects of these programs included reduced discipline issues, improved dropout rates, and improved graduation rates.
“Today One-to-One computing initiatives that seek to provide laptop computers and Internet access to students for use at home and school are expanding rapidly across the globe. These initiatives can help facilitate the transition in schools from occasional, supplemental use of computers for instruction to more frequent, integral use of technology across a multitude of settings. Ubiquitous, 24/7 access makes it possible for students to access a wider array of resources to support their learning, to communicate with peers and their teachers, and to become fluent in their use of the technological tools of the 21st century workplace. Being able to take computers home further expands students’ access, facilitates students keeping their work organized, and makes the computer a more ‘personal’ device.” (Research: What it Says About 1 to 1 Learning, 2005)
- Improving student achievement
- Evaluating the financial impact of technology
- Assessing the impact of continuous access to a computing device for every student.
Learning how to learn by leveraging the connectedness of our global society, is now as an important as reading, writing and arithmetic. Giving students the ability to learn dynamically whenever they need to learn, it is the way the world works, and in which they must not only be able to live, but thrive.