Educational Insights 11.11.2013
Educational Insights 11.11.2013
Posted on 11/11/2013

A recent article, “21st Century Technology Skills Are a Core Competency for Today’s Graduates” (K. Walsh, 11/10/13), shares insight on what skills are commonly cited as vital in today’s workforce:

            *The ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing (with nearly all of written communication in business conducted digitally).

            *Teamwork skills and the ability to collaborate with others in diverse group sessions.

            *The ability to innovate and be creative!

            *The ability to locate, organize, and evaluate information from multiple sources.


            It is more important than ever for educators to provide students exposure to the information technologies that will prepare them for successful careers in their futures. In order to do this, our teachers need to be comfortable with a wide variety of technology. Of course, the basic fundamentals of reading, math, science, and social studies are necessary in today’s classrooms. However, technology skills have now been added as an essential component of the overall curriculum in schools today.

            The effective application of technology, as stated by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, includes:

            *Technology use as a tool to research, organize, evaluate, and communicate information.

            *Use of digital technologies, communication tools, and social networks appropriately to access, manage, integrate, evaluate, and create information in a knowledge era.

            *Apply a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of information technologies.

            Garden County Schools are dedicated to providing our students with the basics, as well as technology application and integration to meet the demands of a 21st century workplace. Teachers and students in our district have access to the latest technology tools and are provided multiple opportunities to apply them to their daily learning. Being a lifelong learner is a requirement in the world we live in today and the tomorrow we are preparing our students for!

-Dr. Paula Sissel

Superintendent/Elementary Principal