Bishop DuBourg High School is a comprehensive academic high school in the Roman Catholic educational tradition seeking to provide a religious and liberal arts education to students of all abilities. More than ninety-five percent of all graduates continue their education in 4-year colleges, community colleges, or technical colleges. Bishop DuBourg High School offers a large number of courses for college credit and has a vigorous college preparatory program. Surveys taken show the alumni, faculty, students, and parents feel that a high quality educational program that meets all the needs of all students is offered.
Part of this educational process has been the integration of technology into our curriculum. In our first technology plan dated 1997 we state:
“The implication for students is clear: Those who can harness the tools that access and exploit available information speedily will be at an advantage in securing the jobs of the future (Lachter, 1996). These jobs will require the skills of communication, teamwork, and technical expertise (Lord, 1995). “
In 1997 our basic technology mission was created and has been slightly changed over the years.
“The technology mission of Bishop DuBourg High School is to incorporate technology into the curriculum to help improve the educational environment. The use of technology at DuBourg would encourage the use of problem-solving strategies, the synthesizing of information, the formulating of conclusions based on gathered information. We promote the use of the correct type of technology to meet the needs of all students to increase student achievement and to develop lifelong learning habits.” (1997)
Ten years later labs become laptops and wires become wireless but we still hold in our basic assumption that technology is a tool and that it is our jobs to make sure our students know how to properly use this tool in their everyday lives.