Why Technology Programs?

Is your student ready for 21st century?

To meet their visions of success as adults in the 21st century, our kids are going to need some pretty sophisticated skills. And we are not referring to the skills such as those needed to play with their iPhones, iPad and iPod games. Students require higher levels of education to succeed in the new, knowledge-based economy.

Today's young people will need to be 21st century thinkers, able to recognize problems and opportunities, understand the complex and varied systems in which those problems and opportunities exist, weigh the pros and cons of potential solutions, and proceed wisely with enacting their decisions.

We are living in a new economy powered by technology, fueled by information, and driven by knowledge. The influence of technology will go beyond new equipment and faster communications, as work and skills will be redefined and reorganized.

Technology influences learning in three significant ways. A synthesis of recent research and national skill sets shows that technology can be a driver of change, a bridge to academic excellence, and a platform for informed decision making and accountability.

Students who are technologically literate:

  • Demonstrate a sound conceptual understanding of the nature of technology systems and view themselves as proficient users of these systems.
  • Understand and model positive, ethical use of technology in both social and personal contexts.
  • Use a variety of technology tools in effective ways to increase creative productivity.
  • Use communication tools to reach out to the world beyond the classroom and communicate ideas in powerful ways.
  • Use technology effectively to access, evaluate, process and synthesize information from a variety of sources.
  • Use technology to identify and solve complex problems in real-world contexts.

Not providing students with opportunities to develop 21st century skills and proficiencies will create a disconnect between the innovative jobs being created and the skills of the workforce.

True equity requires high levels of technology proficiency to ensure broader, more meaningful, and increasingly innovative uses of technology by all segments of the population. In turn, these heightened levels of technology proficiency, so critical in the Digital Age, require higher levels of 21st century education.

Here are some statistics from Edutopia, an organization that is dedicated to transforming the learning process by helping educators identify skill sets of 21st century:

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