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educ 792-Session 3-Blog -"reflect"-School's technological mission statement/ school's mission statement/ How do they relate to my practice
As a member of this Master’s program, you are helping shape the future of your school with regards to its 21st Century technology practices.
Please research what your school’s educational technology mission statement is. Is there one? Is technology mentioned at all?
In your blog, please write your school’s mission statement that incorporates technology and comment on it. How does their statement align with your personal practice? Does it meet the goals for your capstone?
I am a second grade teacher at Napa Valley Language Academy, NVLA, which is a bilingual elementary school in Napa.
NVLA does not have an "Educational Technology Mission Statement"
Below is NVLA's Mission statement. Highlighted in red are the words "technology" and "21st century" and below is one line where it says "use technology effectively as a tool for research, compose and communicate information and ideas;"
NVLA's School Mission/Vision Statement
Napa Valley Language Academy (NVLA) is a K-6 Dual Immersion Charter School in the Napa Valley Unified School District. At NVLA, our vision is that all students will acquire the academic, critical thinking, and communication skills necessary to become self-motivated and competent, lifelong learners. We will provide a positive, safe and supportive family environment where teachers and students focus on learning, take risks and grow. Our program will place the highest value on authentic educational experiences emphasizing the acquisition of a second language, visual and performing arts, science and technology. Students learn respect for themselves; their community; and the larger, diverse world in which they live while developing a moral consciousness that will help them build integrity into their lives.
Exit outcomes inherent in NVLA’s educational philosophy for the 21st century include:
I think after finding out that my school doesn't have a technological mission statement, and that there is only one phrase that vaguely mentions technology in the school's mission statement, I think my school needs to put more emphasis on technology in their statements. I know at my school we are doing a lot of innovative things, but it is not reflected on our website page nor our mission statements. I would love to be part of a committee that would enhance and define our school's technological mission statement and to embed that statement into our school's overall mission statement.
Obviously, my school's mission statement and lack of technological mission statement do not align with my own practices nor my Capstone. I take solace knowing that my school just needs to dust off the old mission statement and infuse it with modern day technological mission statements. My school, the administration, and the direction of my school in terms of technology DOES ALIGN with my teaching practices and Capstone.
I know I don't live in a perfect world, where every student of mine gets a computer device, which would be amazing, however, at my school, starting next year, every 4th grade teacher will have a computer device. Perhaps, down the line, my students will have more computer devices. Another technological practice at my school that aligns with my teaching is that starting in kindergarten, digital skills and digital citizenship is taught to all students via the Common Sense website and is taught by our full time computer specialist.