ORCO TECH is a
vision for the future: "Educate students for their world, not ours."
Information technology (IT) can be used to enhance lifelong learning
for students in positive and meaningful ways. ORCO TECH"s
vision allows students the opportunity for change and adaptability
giving them the ability to connect to personal goals.
Educating students at ORCO TECH, information technology fluency
requires "...three kinds of interdependent knowledge that must be
taught in concert: Skills, concepts, and capabilities.
Skills are necessary for job preparedness, productivity, and other
aspects of fluency...concepts explain how and why information
technology works. Capabilities, essential for problem solving,
include managing complex systems as well as testing solutions."
Flexibility: The ORCO TECH vision is to prepare students to use
technology in all aspects of their leaning. Partnerships with member
of the community (business, volunteer, senior citizens, public
sector), parents, staff, students and the local community college are
being formed to design , implement and manage all facets of the magnet
school. Integrating technology into all classroom curricula:
implementing self-directed learning strategies for students;
emphasizing reading and writing from a math/science/technical
perspective: and encouraging research-based, best-practice teaching
methods, (example Cisco Academy, Oracle Academy) are some of the
innovative educational approaches that will be used.