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The need for a 1:1 program at North Tama

November 30, 2012
Bob Cue - North Tama Superintendent , Traer Star-Clipper

I hope you are as proud of our school system as I am because we have a very good educational system with many dedicated employees, and awesome community support.

We know educating and raising our children is no easy task, but what a rewarding experience it is working with our young people.

Our job for the future is to teach communication skills, foreign language, cognitive skills, effective writing skills, work teams, and diversity. At North Tama we have a booster club for music and for athletics, we need an academic booster club to generate funds and allow us the opportunity to provide a computer device for each student in the district. Currently we are researching going to a 1:1 program for grades 7-12. The future for our students and our nation is now. Are we preparing our North Tama students for their future world or are we preparing them for the world of the past?

Academic success for our students remains the number one priority! Educational experts and some of the top business leaders in the world today have identified seven essential survival skills young adults must have in order to be successful in the world of work:

1.Critical Thinking and Problem Skills

2.Collaboration and Leadership Agility and Adaptability

3.Agility and Adaptability

4.Initiative and Entrepreneurialism

5.Effective Communication

6.Accessing and Analyzing

7.Curiosity and Imagination

The experts believe our teens leave high school today equipped to work only in the kinds of jobs that are quickly disappearing from the American and world economies. We must update our curriculum and continue working to prepare our students for the future. Meanwhile, there are young adults in India and China preparing for the 21st century work world that will be competing with our students for the most sought-after careers around the world.

We must infuse technology in every curricular area. How many of us have a cell phone? Did you know the computer technology in our cell phones today equal the technological capabilities of NASA'S computers in 1969 when we first landed on the moon? The tools which our kids use in their everyday life today are far different than the tools used when we graduated. The digital world of the online allows us to be at home and do many things. How many of us bank, and shop via the internet? Because of technology the job market has changed. Manual labor jobs have nearly been eliminated. Farmers today can use a GPS system while planting. Robotics is taking over in factories and even used for surgery. Why don't we use this type of technology in our classrooms? Or when will we start?

Our goal is to provide the North Tama children with the best possible education our community can afford. We must strive to educate all children to the best of their abilities academically, emotionally, socially, and physically. What does the future hold for our students? We need to quit teaching for 1970 and prepare our students for the 21st century. The future is now, we must think outside the box.



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