Hilliard City Schools leaders take pride in our implementation of technology in education.

As we pursue our district's mission, to ensure that every student is ready for tomorrow, we know that technology is part of our students' world of today and will be an even larger part in the world of tomorrow. From autonomous cars to artificial intelligence, from medical advances extending lifespans into the 100s to the ethical challenges of 24/7/365 connectivity, today's public schools are required to be leaders in technology implementation.

District leaders also take tremendous pride -- and we embrace the responsibility -- to prepare well-rounded, socially skilled and emotionally balanced students. For us, educating the "whole child" isn't only about preparation for graduation -- it is about preparation for life.

Social and emotional learning demands the same attention to detail, the same focus, as the academic foundation we provide each student. Today's schools are required to balance the implementation of technology with the development of interpersonal and social skills.

It is imperative that students can work in groups so they understand the power of the team. In order to succeed, students must embrace a "growth mindset" and a future of continued learning.

February is Digital Wellness Month in the school district.

As nationally recognized leaders in the area of instructional technology, we strive to be leaders in student safety, wellness and balance.

Technology is a tool, not a way of life. Life is built on relationships, service and health; life is about balance. In the Hilliard City Schools, we embrace this commitment, and our values are grounded in this work.

This month, residents probably have heard, read and watched information purposefully crafted to start conversations with young people. We encourage families to engage in these conversations at home; it takes all of us working together to keep students safe and healthy.

We will talk about wellness and balance because we are social beings and must cultivate relationships and face-to-face interaction.

Etiquette provides us the opportunity to talk about being a positive, optimistic voice on social media and through technology.

Safety demands that we are always mindful of what we share, with whom we share and where we share information.

Our technology department and professional staff members take great pride in the work we do in Hilliard. We continually live our growth mindset and embrace new technology as it emerges to keep our schools on the cutting edge.

At the same time, we know there are foundational principles that we share as a community. We are proud to work together during Digital Wellness Month to focus on social and emotional well-being and safety.

Hilliard City Schools Superintendent John Marschhausen writes the Hilliard Schools Connection guest column for the ThisWeek Hilliard Northwest News.