Teacher talks. Student listens. Teacher gives assignment. Student does homework. Teacher gives test. Student takes test. Bell rings. Classes change. Next class. New subject. Same old thing. This is different. Welcome to IHS... a 21st Century Learning Community!
Immaculate High School is changing the educational paradigm to embrace 21st Century Learning. Most visible is our full school implementation of a 1:1 iPad initiative for the upcoming school year. While being one of the first schools, public or private to initiate a full school implementation in the state and country, we believe that this enhancement is just one of many tools we will be utilizing to prepare our IHS graduates for success in college and life. 21st Century Learning is much more.
It is the mastery of core subjects and 21st century themes that are essential to student success. Core subjects include English, Religion, World Languages, Fine Arts, Mathematics, Economics, Science, Technology, Engineering, Geography, History, lifetime physical fitness, government and civics. In addition, we will promote an understanding of academic content at much higher levels by weaving 21st century interdisciplinary themes into core subjects: Global Awareness • Financial, Economic, Business and Entrepreneurial Literacy, Spiritual Development, Civic Literacy, Health Literacy, Environmental Literacy.
Learning and innovation skills are what separate students who are prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments in today’s world and those who are not. They include: Creativity and Innovation, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Communication and Collaboration.
Today, we live in a technology and media-driven environment, marked by access to an abundance of information, rapid changes in technology tools and the ability to collaborate and make individual contributions on an unprecedented scale. Effective citizens and workers must be able to exhibit a range of functional and critical thinking skills, such as: Information Literacy, Media Literacy, ICT (Information, Communications and Technology) Literacy, Life and Career Skills.
Today’s life and work environments require far more than thinking skills and content knowledge. The ability to navigate the complex life and work environments in the globally competitive information age requires students to pay rigorous attention to developing adequate life and career skills, such as: Flexibility and Adaptability, Initiative and Self-Direction, Social and Cross-Cultural Skills, Productivity and Accountability, Leadership and Responsibility.
Our curriculum is being rewritten to adopt the national Common Core State Standards and infuse these concepts into what and how we teach. Textbooks are evolving into iBooks and we have launched our own App available now in the iTunes App Store.
While these changes may be intimidating at times, it is comforting to know that we will not change are our core beliefs. Reverence, Respect, and Responsibility will be woven into all we do. Immaculate will continue the tradition of graduating amazing students prepared for success, no matter the environment in which they find themselves.