Technology alone will never get us to where we need to be. Yet, a highly expert teacher who can effectively leverage technology when and where appropriate... can.
The word technology as used in the field of education refers to the tools used by both students and teachers as they interact in our classrooms. Therefore, these tools range widely from pencil, paper, and Post-Its to projectors, podcasts, and Prezi. However, the rise of the word technology in educational literature in especially the past five or six years more often than not refers to digital technologies. Digital technologies are the tools of computers, software, and The Internet to name a few. We believe a couple of things are universal:
1) Much care should be taken to match an appropriate tool (podcast or pencil) to any given instructional event.
2) Children will respond favorably to classrooms that show authenticity of purpose and relevance to the modern world beyond the walls of school.
Therefore, modern instructional technologies, when applied to good teaching and learning practices, can create classrooms of relevance and inspiration. Our team seeks to support a thoughtful balance between -and the skillful application of- methods that are new as well as those tried and true.
Our world is rapidly moving into a reality where mobile, wireless computing ecosystems will be needed to facilitate our vision of modern learning, workforce development, and ultimately, the preparation of a true 21st Century citizenry. The use of digital instructional technology in our district continues to evolve from a more peripheral curricular enhancement, and toward a more essential element of daily instruction.
Ultimately, any use of digital age technology in the Saint Joseph School District must be firmly grounded in the learning process. Digital technologies increasingly offer students an avenue to succeed as citizens in a global society where information is growing at an exponential rate. Technology does not negate the role of people or place in learning, but it does affect their definitions and dynamics. We must also consider the contexts for learning that will facilitate the best use of any technology.
We see the implementation of technology as less of a driver in the classroom, and more an essential tool toward meeting the needs of the 21st Century Learner. A more detailed breakdown of the overall learning model embraced in the our district can be found by visiting our main web portal: SJSD Learning Model. You’ll see the word technology absent from this main schematic. We think this makes strong sense, for technology only gets interesting where it intersects those other elements of the diagram.