For some of us here at Mark Twain, we'd like to think education is a 24/7/365 proposition, and to that end, the use of instructionaltechnology opens up the options for our wonderful student body to experience learning inside and outside these walls. In today's fastpaced competitive high tech society where our graduates are looking at a future of constant job changes across multiple fields, instructional technology ranging from the latest computer applications to the use of Web 2.0 tools inside and outside the classroom offer an opportunity to be prepared for that future. Along with improved standardized test scores and a real commitment to the Arts, increased reliance on and exposure to technology applications in education is one of our most important priorities.
Arthur C. Clarke, a noted Science Fiction author, wrote, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
Think about life before our current students were conceived. iPods. Facebook. Cellular Texting. Surfing the internet while sitting on the beach. Blogging. High Definition TV. Digital camera memory measured in gigabytes. Smart Boards. Touch screens with the power of real computers in the palm of one's hand. These were concepts from the realm of science fiction in those days. Now we study how to use them in the classroom. What was once "magic" is now commonplace and we strive to make our Computer Math Talent students into tomorrow's technological magicians.