Where am I?
Vision, Mission & Rationale
Simply stated, the purpose of this initiative is to further the Mission of the Spring Hill School District. The district's purpose is “to be a school district that engages students to learn, create, adapt, and succeed in an ever-changing world.” Technology is a tool to accomplish this mission and is one of the most rapid changes in an “ever-changing world.” The key, however, is to “engage students to learn, create, adapt, and succeed.” District leaders are focused on the future success of students and providing them with the education needed to be successful contributors and leaders in society. This mission requires that teachers and staff utilize technology to engage students in relevant applications of their learning and provide opportunities to expand their analytic and synthetic thinking skills by not only teaching about the past but also helping them create novel learning experiences to assist them in their future. This paradigm shift in how students are educated allows them to adapt and succeed in a world that changes so rapidly that it is impossible to predict what it will be like just 20 years from now. The district's job is to prepare students using every available resource to enhance their abilities for future success.
The vision of the district is to maintain small-town values, and achieve world-class results. That vision of world-class results cannot be achieved without world-class tools to support the teaching and learning designed and implemented by exemplary teachers. Students possess an amazing combination of responsibility, respect, compassion and work ethic. School administrators, teachers and staff need to reinforce these small-town values and teach them to apply these qualities in an increasingly technological society.
District goals are closely tied to its mission and the technology initiative creates a ubiquitous tool for accomplishing the learning goals. Increasing student access to technology serves the purpose of furthering the following goals:
- Improved student learning as measured in College and Career Readiness assessments and eventually ACT assessments.
- Improved engagement of students as measured in teacher and administrator observations and student surveys.
- A shift toward higher level thinking skills, including analytical thinking, creativity, synthetic thinking and developing novel applications as evidenced by student work.
- The development of student social and communication skills related to the utilization of technology, specifically demonstrated through improved school-to-home communication and relationships for all families.