We are committed to providing a well-rounded and relevant educational experience designed to prepare our students for postsecondary success in college and in the workplace.
Beyond high school, our students face a world that requires a high degree of technology and digital literacy. Successful graduates need to interact with a variety of digital devices, to quickly learn and use online resources and applications, and to ultimately become adept at critical thinking and problem-solving.
To assist students, we need to provide consistent, regular, and authentic digital learning opportunities. This requires a comprehensive plan that includes access to a device by all students at school and at home. The Future Forward Initiative provides a Chromebook laptop to each student as a means to expand on the potential of a conventional classroom. Students are able to use these devices at school and at home in conjunction with the comprehensive suite of Google applications.
Our prior investments in digital devices show that integrating technology into the classroom improves student enthusiasm, facilitates active engagement in classes, and allows students to own and control their learning experience.
The Future Forward program begins by equipping students to be 21st Century Learners through the use of four C’s: creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. Students will take advantage of the technology in order to engage in real-world work done by professionals such as scientists, engineers, musicians, artists, filmmakers, authors, and more. Production of student-generated content will increase dramatically.
Teachers will receive ongoing professional development and instructional support to help “re-think” how classes are structured and how to best use digital strategies.
The program is being rolled out in three phases. Phase one will be implemented in Fall 2015 at El Cajon Valley, Grossmont, West Hills, and the IDEA Center. In subsequent years, phases two and three will include the District’s remaining schools.