The Integrated Technology Program in Sterling Community School, from an educational perspective, is based on the premise that our students need to achieve high academic standards, improve formal and informal learning, increase personal productivity, communicate effectively, enrich their understanding of the world at large, and increase their awareness as responsible citizens in an information-rich society. Technology, and the everyday use of technology-enhanced tools, assists them to achieve these integrated technology goals in a way that is motivating, creative, empowering, and fun.
The major components of the program are as follows:
Basic Operations and Concepts
Students demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature and operation of technology systems. Students will become proficient in the use of technology.
Social, Ethical, and Human Issues
Students understand the ethical, cultural and societal issues related to technology. Students practice responsible use of technology systems, information and software. Students develop positive attitudes toward technology uses that support lifelong learning, collaboration, personal pursuits, and productivity.
Technology Productivity Tools
Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity. Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, preparing publications and producing other creative works.
Technology Communications Tools
Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish and interact with peers, experts and other audiences. Students use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences.
Technology Research Tools
Students use technology to locate, evaluate and collect information from a variety of sources. Students use technology tools to process data and report results. Students evaluate and select new information resources and technological innovations based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
Technology Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Tools
Students use technology resources for solving problems and making informed decisions. Students employ technology in the development of strategies for solving problems in the real world.