Vision Statement

“The principle goal of education is to create men and woman who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.”

— Jean Piaget

As today’s students exit school classrooms and enter the workforce, they’ll face challenges and obstacles that are very different from those met by their parents just 10 or 20 years ago. Students will not be expected to memorize and recite the facts and figures once presented in schools, but rather possess a firm grasp of digital literacy. Each of our students should feel comfortable and confident using new media tools to express themselves, overcome obstacles, research information and collaborate with peers. As discussed in the 2010 National Education Technology Plan, educators should guide students towards fluency in the following categories:

  • Information Literacy, or “the ability to identify, retrieve, evaluate, and use information for a variety of purpose”
    (U.S. Department of Education, 2010).
  • Media Literacy, or “the ability to consume and understand media, as well as communicate effectively using a variety of media types” (U.S. Department of Education, 2010).
  • Digital Citizenship, or “the ability to evaluate and use technologies appropriately, behave in socially acceptable ways within online communities, and develop a healthy understanding of issues surrounding online privacy and safety”
    (U.S. Department of Education, 2010).

Additionally, along with the demonstrated ability to use such technology such as mobile devices, applications and other solutions, students should make these practices part of their routine and stay engaged (Edutopia, 2007). What are the advantages to incorporating this technology into our curriculum and daily life?

  • Students and teachers are able to access current information on virtually any subject and have the ability to interact with it in exciting ways through media.
  • New ways to interact and collaborate with peers, teachers and subject experts locally and around the globe.
  • Students may work at their own pace and receive content that is tailored to their learning level and preferences.
  • Workload of teachers is lighten through automated grading that provides immediate feedback for students.

References:

Edutopia. (2007) What is technology integration? Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/technology-integration-guide-description

U.S. Department of Education. (2010) National Education Technology Plan 2010 Executive Summary. Retrieved from http://www.ed.gov/technology/netp-2010

3 thoughts on “Vision Statement

  1. I love the quote you used to open your vision statement. I also liked the two pronged approach you took in your statement. Most I have read so far including my own talk about the benefits of integrating technology but don’t include what technology subjects students should be learning about themselves like you did. Great job!

  2. We used the same quote in our opening…I think it clearly expresses the need for technology integration in education. I appreciate that you included the information from the 2010 National Education Technology Plan about the need to teach students information and media literacy as well as digital citizenship. Your extra credit presentation is also very well done. Nice work!

  3. The notion of our responsibility to teach our students ‘digital literacy’ is a good argument for Technology Integration. However, what constitutes digital literacy. Buckingham includes much more than mere retrieval and manipulation of data in his definition of digital literacy (Buckingham, 2006). He wants to include a deep understanding of how technology works. In addition, he sees that there is a shortage of media specialists in the schools.

    Buckingham, David, Defining digital literacy – What do young people need to know about digital media? – Digital kompetanse Nr 04 – 2006 – Nr 04 – 2006 – Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy – tidsskrifter – idunn.no – tidsskrifter på nett. (n.d.). Retrieved September 9, 2012, from http://www.idunn.no/ts/dk/2006/04/defining_digital_literacy_-_what_do_young_people_need_to_know_about_digital?languageId=2

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