The HEB ISD Technology Department's mission is to provide technology support, service and instruction to enhance staff and student success.
What is EdTech?
EdTech is short for Educational Technology.
EdTech is facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources. Through technology, education can been transformed. Learning and teaching becomes more interactive and dynamic.
It is use of technology in the form of products/apps/tools to enhance learning, pedagogy and instruction. It is not replacing any current practices, but it is the use of those tools to aid in the delivery of education.
- Prime focus is to enhance the teaching and learning process.
- It aims at great efficiency and effectiveness of current practice.
- Is concerned with thinking carefully about teaching and learning.
- Technology acts as a catalyzer and tool to promote education.
Future Ready Skills
The Instructional Technology Department in HEB ISD believes in the importance of focusing on these educational skills to prepare our students for their future. New innovative jobs are created every day. Current employers are looking for these skills that aren't honed through standardized tests. As educators, we should foster growth of the whole child through giving attention to these future ready skills. Our department is building the foundation of tools to help support the growth in these areas.
Critical thinking is the process of filtering, analyzing and questioning information/content found in various media, and then synthesizing it in a form that has a value to an individual. It allows students to make sense of the presented content and apply it to their daily lives.
Communication is a skill of presenting information in a clear, concise and meaningful way. It also designates careful listening and articulating thoughts. Communication has various purposes: informing, instructing, motivating, and persuading.
This is a part where various authors point out different skills. Miller states the culture as one of the pieces of 6 C’s, while Michael Fullan features citizenship. When we look closer, they are not so different, and actually, they go hand in hand with one another. It is important for an individual to be in touch with everything that surrounds him – both culture and community.
Collaboration is a skill of utilizing various personalities, talents, and knowledge in a way to create a maximum outcome. The outcome must provide a benefit to the entire community or a group. Due to synergy, the common outcome has a greater value than a sum of values of each individual outcome.
In the 21st century, an individual must be able to create something new or create something in a new way, utilizing the knowledge he has already acquired. It does not just signify art, but also various solutions to a problem in real life situations. In our last blog post, we have suggested few methods how to foster creativity in the math classroom.
According to Miller, understanding the importance of human connectivity in the world filled with technology is a necessary skill to teach children. Fullan highlights character education as the last C. It includes school’s commitment to helping young people become responsible, caring, and contributing citizens.