According to Wautoma High School Principal Jennifer Johnson, students who are taking the technology courses are very engaged with their learning and are excited about the different technology skills they are able to pursue.
Finding relevant curriculum and educators with the right skill set can present a challenge. Wautoma selected a suite of technology courses that offered students access to online support from experts to complete their projects and coursework successfully. According to Johnson, it’s extremely important for the school to offer this type of technology. As students go off into the world, Johnson wants her students to be well-versed in the technology requirements of the future, whatever their career choices may be.
As technology continues to drive rapid change, some predict that one-third of the American workforce will have to switch to new occupations by 2030, according to a report published by the McKinsey Global Institute (2017).
For students at Wautoma, adding technology courses made it possible to pursue potential career interests and get a taste for specific industry professions—and industry-standard software and tools—well before college, while collaborating with one another on the progress of their project-based learning opportunities.
Johnson said she believes the courses will also provide a better transition for students from high school to college or professional and technical degrees.
The skills and competencies students need to be successful beyond high school are changing. Students must be prepared to be lifelong learners—to be curious, to problem-solve, to persist, to collaborate and to effectively communicate with others. Engaging in creativity, real-world problem solving, and habits of learning will help them become ongoing learners and prepare them for their future. Today, tech literacy has become a requirement as we prepare for that future.
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