21st Century Learning and Workforce Readiness
21st Century Skills
As far as I am aware, the school where I teach does not have an official Mission Statement geared specifically towards Educational Technology. We do however have a Vision Statement which we reflect upon frequently when designing our projects and lessons.
American Canyon Middle School Vision Statement:
“Inspiring and preparing students today for the possibilities of tomorrow by instilling the 4 "C"s (Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration & Creativity) in a respectful, safe, collaborative community by utilizing clear expectations and focusing on strengthening relationships.”
Furthermore, my site’s vision statement is in alignment with the Napa Valley Unified School District’s vision, which reads:
Our mission is to transform lives by instilling 21st Century skills and to inspire lifelong learning.
When I examine these vision statements from the perspective of to technology, I concentrate on the“possibilities of tomorrow”. Undoubtedly, this includes advancements in technology, which our students will need to become proficient in. ACMS is a “bring your own device” school and we have even gone so far as to loan out Chromebooks to any and all students in need of a device. Currently, every single student that I teach can and should have a device on them at all times. This allows us to begin instilling certain 21st century skills early in their academic careers.
With regard to my own capstone project, I have been focusing on leveraging Technology to enhance Collaboration as well as Critical Thinking which aligns directly with 2 of the 4 C’s of my school’s Vision Statement..