Technology—Students and staff must have equitable access to the latest technology, tools, infrastructure, and cyber safety guidelines to support digital-age instruction, collaboration, and the development of 21st-century skills. Part of this effort includes the district’s one-to-one laptop program, which will provide every high school student with a laptop to use for learning at school and at home by 2016.
The “HUB”—A digital teaching and learning platform that will eventually become the hub of collaboration, curriculum, instruction, and communication for HISD staff, students, and parents. When fully implemented in 2015-2016, the “HUB” will allow all HISD educators to create and share instructional resources and assignments, enable students to tailor their classes to their own personal learning profile, and allow parents to track their children’s progress.
Personalization—The one-size-fits-all classroom approach that worked well in the industrial era, when children were trained to perform repetitive tasks efficiently, no longer prepares students for success. Colleges and employers now want innovative, creative thinkers who can solve problems and apply their knowledge to new challenges. In order to create these types of students, educators at HISD must work to personalize learning for each child’s unique needs, abilities, and preferences.
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