Stage 1- Desired Results
- Students will actively learn all the tech skills necessary to be successful at school, at home, and in the future
- Where students are missing key skills, they will receive support and training to pick up those dropped stitches
- Integrative tech skills will be taught through the ATLs across the various subject areas and the advisory programme
Learners will be able to....
What kinds of long-term independent accomplishments are desired?
- be successful in their use of technology in all of their academic classes
- be confident in their use of tech in future academic settings
- appropriately use and find balance with technology when at home
Learners will understand that...
- technology sometimes aids and sometimes distracts from clear communication
- collaboration allows us to know and do more than we are capable of in isolation
- both real and virtual worlds require organizational work, balance, self-correction
- information has both explicit and implicit meanings that they can both comprehend and create
- the tools we use are not neutral - they affect the ways that we understand and interact with the world around us
Learners will keep considering...
- How do we articulate clear messages to a variety of audiences with diverse backgrounds and understandings?
- How do we benefit from each others experiences in a collaborative context while still retaining our own voice?
- How do we find organization, understanding, and balance in a world with an exponentially increasing quantity of information?
- What can we learn from the media of the past about the reading and writing of today’s media?
- What are the central problems of today’s digital world and how can we find creative, efficient solutions to them?
Learners will know…
- how to communicate effectively both in person and through their work within a variety of media and modalities
- how to collaborate with a group or social network to problem-solve and create original products
- how to manage and monitor their personal information, digital footprint, personal learning network, and digital life
- how to understand and create a variety of media
- how to use technology to leverage their own thinking and problem solving capabilities
Learners will be skilled at...
- THROUGH INTERACTION - using photos, drawings, typography, and data visualizations to give dynamic presentations
- THROUGH LANGUAGE - using language to create both textual documents and multii-modal media such as digital storytelling
- COLLABORATION - using collaborative digital tools (eg. Google Apps) and social media to build connected knowledge and understanding
- ORGANIZATION - using digital tools to organize and manage emails, calendars, folders/files, LMS information
- AFFECTIVE SKILLS - finding balance between real and virtual worlds; managing digital distractions
- REFLECTION - being aware of their digital footprint and managing their own presence online
- INFORMATION LITERACY - finding, understanding, analyzing, evaluating, using, and citing information from a variety of sources including books, articles databases, videos, social media, television, commercials, and infographs
- MEDIA LITERACY - creating effective spreadsheets, maps, images, A/V recordings, animations, presentations and websites
- CRITICAL - using computational thinking skills to decompose large problems and find efficient solutions
- CREATIVE - using technology to enable innovative ideas and solutions
- TRANSFER - knowing how to update their tech knowledge and skills to learn new software and technologies