As technology rapidly changes what we do and how we do it in this century, it is critical that the environment and tools in classrooms reflect the realities of life outside the school walls. And there's more to educational technology than computers. Teachers and students need access to laptops and pocket PCs, digital cameras and microscopes, Web-based video equipment, graphing calculators, and even weather-tracking devices. They need to know how to be responsible and savvy users and purveyors of information. They need to know how to collaborate successfully across miles and cultures. They need to know how to learn new skills as quickly as technology creates new challenges.
Making the tools of technology available is important, but that's just part of the picture. Fully preparing and supporting educators in the instructional use of technology is critical for its productive and effective use. Teachers and school staff must know how to do more with technology than simply automate practices and processes. They need to learn to use technology to transform the nature of teaching and learning.
We pursue the goal of making the technology environment of Lafayette’s public schools match the tools and approaches of the work and civic life that students will encounter after graduation. This will ensure that our schools stay relevant to today's students, as well as equip them for success in life after school.