Innovation & Design
innovation and design
We are fluent in innovation...
The Innovation and Design Department strives to stay ahead of the curve by allowing our students to use technology effectively in and outside of the classroom. The program will empower student voice and ensure that learning is a student-driven process using various networking, programming, multimedia and digital design tools.
According to the most recent World Economic Forum report,
“Technological trends will create many new cross-functional roles for which employees will need both technical and social and analytical skills.”
That is precisely the kind of combination of skills that La Salle’s Innovation and Design Department delivers to our students. Our students interface with current essential software programs and up-to-date hardware while learning how to analyze and collaborate with others to seek solutions to real-world problems.
Our wide-ranging curriculum offers over 20 electives with a focus on design thinking, collaboration, and innovation. Students have in-school and at-home access to industry-standard software through Office 365, the Adobe Creative Cloud and AutoDesk as well as to various learning environments on campus including our state-of-the-art computer lab, Microsoft IT and Cisco Networking Academy, Video and Podcast Studio via WEXPtv, a fully functional Robotics lab and new eSports and Adobe Design Academy Lab which debuted in September 2021.
Our teachers eagerly seek out opportunities to improve their practice by building on top of their knowledge base, dedicating themselves to professional development, and working directly with industry experts in their fields. In addition to all this, our department teachers play a critical role for our whole faculty in that they serve as primary resources, collaborators, and models for us to leverage technology to improve student learning.
We see the potential in all our students and embrace the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) standards, which aim to develop “Empowered Learners, Digital Citizens, Knowledge Constructors, Innovative Designers, Computational Thinkers, Creative Communicators, and Global Collaborators.”
The Innovation and Design Department curriculum capstone courses - "internships" - will allow for students hands-on, experiential learning in their preferred area of design. All students in these capstone courses will have the opportunity to create a digital portfolio of their process in the program, and the ability to receive industry-standard certifications from Microsoft, Adobe and AutoDesk right here on campus.
There is a lot going on at La Salle’s Innovation and Design Department and with good reason. Students not only enjoy the content and challenges in the curriculum and the relationships they build with the faculty, but also they see their future possibly including the skills our school’s learning community espouses.