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Thursday, September 4, 2014

What is ELI?

Hoover City Schools uses instructional technology as one way of enhancing the mission to prepare and inspire all students for lifelong success by teaching the skills, knowledge and behaviors students will need as responsible citizens in the global community. Excellence in education requires that technology is seamlessly integrated throughout the education program. In an effort to increase access to those 21st century skills, HCS has made it a goal to offer students a 24/7 accessibility to their learning through this “Engaged Learning Initiative” (ELI). The individual use of technology is a way to empower students to maximize their full potential and to prepare them for college and the workplace.

Educational Goals for Student Use
Based upon ISTE National Educational Technology Standards (http://www.iste.org/standards/nets-for-students), Hoover City Schools has outlined six educational technology goals for our students relating to the Engaged Learning Initiative:

Goal #1 - Creativity and Innovation
- Hoover City Schools students will demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

Goal #2 - Communication and Collaboration
- Hoover City Schools students will use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.

Goal #3 - Research and Information Fluency
- Hoover City Schools students will apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.

Goal #4 - Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
- Hoover City Schools students will use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.

Goal #5 - Digital Citizenship  
- Hoover City Schools students will understand human, cultural, and societal issues relating to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.

Goal #6 - Technology Operations and Concepts
- Hoover City Schools students will demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.  

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