—Jamie McEachin, Head Copy Editor—
In high schools today, the search for real world lessons for students has switched focus from the professional typewriting of the 20th century to the computers of the 21st. Cosby High School offers many IT and other technology classes, often included in the Business & Marketing track of studies; the courses include: AP Computer Science Fundamentals, Computer Science A, IT Fundamentals, Business Computer Applications, and Gaming and Robotics.
Education is about moving forward which each generation. For the current generation in schools, proficiency in technology is the key to success. Cosby requires that students graduate with a credit in an online class in an attempt to foster that technological literacy; and this represents a national trend of schools incorporating technology in curriculums.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the percent of internet users over the age of 25 in 2013 was higher for those with higher levels of education. 54% of people who had not finished high school used the internet, compared with 64% of those who had completed only a high school diploma or equivalent and 89% of those with a bachelor’s degree or higher. To be competitive in modern industry, students need to be educated in technology that they will be using in the workforce
“Technology ushers in fundamental structural changes that can be integral to achieving significant improvements in productivity,” states the U.S. Department of Education. “Used to support both teaching and learning, technology infuses classrooms with digital learning tools, such as computers and hand held devices; expands course offerings, experiences, and learning materials; supports learning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; builds 21st century skills; increases student engagement and motivation; and accelerates learning.”
Chesterfield County’s Chromebook program is an example of school systems’ interest in training students in technology. The classroom has been transformed in the terms of access to online resources and educational materials. The Chromebooks reflect the reality of the digital world; technology is no longer just an advantage, but a necessity. By providing each student with access to computers and the internet, Chesterfield County is ensuring that students are operating at high levels of technological literacy.
Cosby’s variety of IT classes allows students access to countless opportunities to develop skills with technology that will be essential to the work world. Lessons in the basics of coding, Word Certifications, and the IT needs of the business and marketing world are integral to the college and workforce readiness of Cosby graduates.
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