As content-driven curricula are rapidly giving way to programming aimed at developing core competencies, educators are incorporating standards–such as those developed by ISTE–to reframe their programs to emphasize digital citizenship, innovative design, computational thinking and global connectedness to prepare students for careers that do not yet exist.

However, the process of implementing deep change may take three to five years, because it impacts the way schools do business, as well as fundamental school culture.

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At West Island College (WIC), a university preparatory school for Grades 7-12 in Calgary, Alberta, we are leveraging the expertise of STEM Learning Lab to lead this shift within our school. Our aim is to emphasize computational thinking and computer science skills, ensure math performance is consistent, and incorporate more real-world, interdisciplinary learning.

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Scott Bennett is Chief Innovation Officer and Head of Strategic Planning and Initiatives at West Island College in Calgary, Alberta. Connect with Scott on Twitter @WICYYC.


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