The purpose of this document is to provide a framework for the integration of technology in the City School District of New Rochelle. It is designed to guide, not prescribe the meaningful use of technology in teaching and learning. Our purpose aligns with the District’s Mission Statement:
The mission of the New Rochelle School System, acknowledging its richly complex history, is to produce responsible, self-sufficient citizens who possess the self-esteem, initiative, skills, and wisdom to continue individual growth, pursue knowledge, develop aesthetic sensibilities, and value cultural diversity by providing intellectually challenging educational programs that celebrate change but affirm tradition and promote excellence through an active partnership with the community, a comprehensive and responsive curriculum, and a dedicated and knowledgeable staff
The framework begins with both a core belief and an acknowledgment. Simply stated, technology is an essential tool in developing the critical thinking skills and effective work habits of 21st century learners. It is important to acknowledge, however, that access to technology alone is not sufficient; technology must be woven into the fabric of teaching and learning to realize its potential. No less important, outcomes for students must be explicit and measurable.
The North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL) offers a compelling model for conceptualizing learning in an increasingly complex, technology-rich age. These four domains of Content Knowledge, Inventive Thinking, Effective Communication and High Productivity, are drawn from their model and provide an anchor for applying the City School District of New Rochelle Student Technology Competencies.
Students will need a strong knowledge base. They must be well versed in a variety of content areas including technology aligned with New York State Standards and District Standards. Broadly speaking, students will explore the evolution of technology as a discipline and its impact on modern society.
Students will need to become increasingly more flexible and creative in order to adapt to a rapidly changing world that demands “out-of-the-box” solutions to emerging problems. By employing technology tools and equal access resources, students can begin to manage these new complexities.
Students will need to further develop communication skills. Whether it is questions that demand immediate response, data that challenges preconceived notions or provocations that stir us to action; information is both sent and received at a pace that seemed impossible just a few years ago. As the world becomes more interconnected, students will need to harness the power of technology.
Students will need to prioritize and plan in order to create high-quality academic products. More than ever before, productivity in the future will be measured by performance. It follows, then, that students should be able to select and apply tools to enhance performance, including technology, to solve real world problems.
Adopted and Developed by the Superintendent's Committee for Technology 04-05.