Academic Technology

Our focus in Academic Technology is to interweave best practices in technology integration to engage today’s 21st-century digital natives with Northside’s robust content and enrichment curricular objectives. We advocate higher level thinking projects in which students can implement the Tech Apps TEKS/ISTE NETS, such as creativity, collaboration, and communication. We also promote the digital age learning culture mentioned in the ISTE NETS for Administrators, and tailor staff development experiences to familiarize teachers with the best way to “design and develop digital-age learning experiences and assessments,” as mentioned in the ISTE NETS for Teachers. Check out the ISTE NETS online:

 
We believe the practice of technology integration in the classroom produces a strong “return for investment” in academic results. The Center for Research in Educational Technology reinforces these benefits from selected research studies and shows great results for technology integration in:

  1. Student academic performance
  2. Higher order thinking and problem solving
  3. Student motivation, attitude and interest in learning
  4. Preparation for the workforce
  5. Addressing the needs of at-risk or low-performing students

 
Technology literacy is supported at the elementary level by our Elementary Computer Technologists (ECTs) and at the secondary level by our Technology Applications teachers. Technology integration is capably carried out by our Campus Instructional Technologists (CITs) and Campus Technology Facilitators (CTFs). We agree with David Thornburg’s statement,

“If you bring in these technologies and don’t think ahead to how they’ll be used to promote learning and the acquisition of skills, then the only thing that will change in school is the electric bill!”

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