Society is completing an evolutionary shift from the Industrial Age to the Information Age. Accordingly, educational institutions must realign their practices with Information Age standards. Those that lag behind in technology capacity, infrastructure, technology education, and establishment of support structures risk being unable to fulfill their mission of preparing students for the future.
Technology has been a driver of change in such diverse areas as global communications, economics, the arts, politics, and environmental issues. While the world of business has readily adapted to and thrived upon technology innovation, the world of education has been relatively slow to reform. Vision is needed to create new communication strategies, new paradigms for financing, and new models for educating. BSCSD has already begun much of this process including intense work on standards, infrastructure development, alliances with businesses and universities, and the recognition of the need for comprehensive technology integration strategies. Our changing society and workplace require citizens who can take responsibility for their own learning and well-being on a life-long basis. Educational reforms, which help develop our citizens, are dependent on the adequate and appropriate infusion of technology for their support.
The mission of the Office of Information & Instructional Technology is to assure that all members of our school community will have to a technology-rich learning environment. They will be educated to skillfully manage, evaluate, explore, and share information in the 21st century. Learning in this technology-rich environment will foster qualities that prepare individuals to be successful contributors to society.