IMPACT and Banks ElementaryWhat is the IMPACT Model?
Through the NC State Board of Education’s Strategic Plan for Excellent Schools, a set of guidelines has emerged – IMPACT: Guidelines for North Carolina Media and Technology Programs. Media and technology programs are an integral part of education. Through flexibly scheduled media and technology programs, teachers, technology facilitators and media coordinators collaborate to create a 21st century learning environment. In this environment, student learning is the focus. Students collaborate with each other and their teachers to learn how to solve problems, complete real world tasks, and take charge of their own progress. This is all accomplished in a technology-enhanced learning environment that includes planning, differentiated instruction and smaller class size.
Why is Lenoir County moving in this direction?
By implementing the IMPACT Guidelines in our schools, we are assuring that our youngest citizens, their parents, and their teachers will have the skills necessary to enter the 21st Century world of work and civic responsibility. On a research note, research also tells us that instructional technology coupled with information skills and used appropriately, results in higher test scores – sparking student interest and increasing motivation to learn.