Technology Mission Statement
Kennett Public School District #39 recognizes that technology provides significant tools for teachers and students to solve problems more efficiently, effectively and creatively, to develop thinking skills, to organize and process information, to communicate ideas, to learn new information, to reinforce prior learning, and to apply technology to future life situations.
We recognize and accept the need to take an aggressive role in the purchase, implementation, and evaluation of technology that supports and enhances the ability of all students we serve to achieve our identified district goals, objectives, and performance standards.
Technology Vision Statement
Kennett School District #39 recognizes the need to address the implementation of technology throughout its schools. We also believe that a quality education should provide students with the skills that will enable them become responsible and productive citizens and competitive in the 21st century. The district recognizes the on-going need to invest in technology and staff development to maintain the quality of instruction required to provide these skills.
The vision of Kennett School District #39 is to provide all students with tools, training and knowledge to become lifelong learners and productive members of society. Thru technology we can enhance problem solving and critical thinking skills spelled out in the schools 2003 CSIP plan. The district further believes that the success of its students is dependent upon the combined resources of school, parents, and community.
We also believe that a curriculum should provide students with the skills that will enable them to overcome obstacles encountered in everyday life and to become responsible and productive citizens. In this age of rapid change, the curriculum must include technological activities and programs spanning all subject areas so as to prepare students for post-secondary career/vocational or educational pursuits. As technology itself changes, the district will strive to implement appropriate modifications in its technology program. We further believe that a successful technology curriculum aligns with the district’s CSIP and MSIP and involves the combined resources of the school, parents, and community.
The district will provide for its students and faculty current and adequate equipment to prepare our students for an emerging technological society. We understand that to be successful, both students and teachers have to be competent in the use and instrumentation of available technology.
District Technology Goals
Technology contributes to the efficiency of the educational process. It provides an additional method of instruction, tools to allow students to become workers, and a means to generate complete student productivity. Technology abounds in almost every occupation and profession. Thus, technology education is vital to the preparation of students for today's workforce. Students who have not learned to interact with and utilize technology will be at a disadvantage. Thus, the Kennett School District sees the need to:
- Enable students to use technology to acquire and to manipulate information.
- Enable students to use technology as a learning tool.
- Provide students with the opportunity to explore and to experience existing and merging technology.
- Provide up-to-date technology in sufficient quantities for all students and staff.
- Provide an adequate background in technology based applications so that the student will be able to use these applications in the adult world.
- Provide adequate training and encouragement to allow the staff to use effectively available technology.
- Provide opportunity for public awareness of the need for and uses of technology in the school environment.
- Improve student learning in the core content areas of language arts, mathematics, and science.
- Provide student and faculty access to the resources available through the Internet.
District Technology Competencies
Through their classes in the Kennett School District, all students should develop the following technology competencies:
- Use a word processing program effectively.
- Manipulate and retrieve information from electronic databases.
- Operate software programs on a personal computer.
- Create multimedia presentations.
- Communicate with others using technology.
- Use available software and/or technology associated with a particular course of study or vocational choice.
- Use the computer to collect, organize, and analyze data from experiments, simulations, and/or real life problems/applications.
- Interact with and acquire information from wide area networks such as the Internet.