Commitment: Lead the growth and development of technology integration that will redefine and transform our learning environments and learning experiences.
We want to teach in a space that allows for healthy and innovative uses of technology. We want that experience to be engaging and valuable to a student whose life after graduation will look much different than the world their teachers and parents were taught. Nearly all career paths include an element of using tools that today we call “innovative” that in such a short time will be merely a standard operating tool.
We must invest in the integration of these experiences now and in perpetuity. We need to find avenues to embrace the learning of today like coding, automation, and robotics while knowing it is the foundation of tomorrow (artificial intelligence, neural networks, and quantum computing). Prioritizing innovative areas cannot take away from our standard classroom content either. The traditional power of technology integration was using the technology to help learn about core content, and in the process you gained a technical skill. Moving forward, we must enhance this beyond a skill, and let it become a craft or competency that engages students into a new understanding.
This does not come without a need for balance. We have students who need assistance with self-regulation of appropriate behavior online, and we have students who do not have internet access at all. Our most difficult work is the moderation of these two extremes while creating a healthy experience inside and outside our classroom.