Media and technology programs are an integral part of education. Collaboration is the key. Teachers and media and technology personnel collaborate to create a 21st century learning environment in which student learning is the focus. Students simultaneously collaborate with each other and their teachers to learn how to solve problems, complete real world tasks, and take charge of their own progress. The added value of this collaborative, media and technology-enhanced environment is thoughtful planning, differentiated instruction, and smaller class size.
IMPACT: Guidelines for North Carolina Media and Technology Programs, released in 2000, provided guidelines for school library media coordinators and technology facilitators in North Carolina. The 2005 revision of the document updates information in the original, continues to reflect national, state, and professional standards, and adds a step-by-step guide to becoming an IMPACT school. It also provides recommendations for programs, personnel, budgets, policies, resources, and facilities that will guide media and technology programs as they support a resource-rich, technology-rich learning environment.
IMPACT will help meet the information and technology challenge facing North Carolina schools in the new millennium. As a result, media and technology programs will: