ScienceLeadershipAcademyinquiry, research, collaboration, presentation andreflection at its core
The SLA Difference Founded in 2006 as a collaborative partnership between the School District of Philadelphia and The Franklin Institute, SLA is a free public institution for students “inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on 21st century learning” Individualized Learning Plan includes internships or college classes for upper classmen 1:1 laptop program
Benefits The1:1 laptop program provides all students with computer access because education should extend beyond the walls of the school and occurs every day PENCIL AND PAPER?! TALK ABOUT OLD SCHOOL!
Benefits Continued The Franklin Institute becomes an extension of the school. With its dedication to science discovery and research, it becomes an engaging resource that includes internships, special events and capstone projects. Math and Spanish classes are not grade specific and are based upon student ability Students are introduced to mentors working in the city of Philadelphia exposing them to real world opportunities Longer class periods allows for more time in laboratories to conduct experiments Flexible schedules for upperclassmen allow them the opportunity to participate in internships or college courses
Pitfalls The arts are available only as electives Depend heavily on the support of local businesses to participate in the Individualized Learning Program Textbooks are rarely used making students dependent on their laptops Potential students must apply and not all are accepted As a public institution, students are still required to participate in state testing Most class evaluations are based on projects rather than tests leaving students less prepared for high stress and time sensitive testing situations
Growth of computers in the classroom 1998-1999 2008-2010 Ratio of students to 4:1 1:1 grades 9-11 computers 3:1 grade 12 Computer labs 10 2 % Teachers with 85 100 computers at home % Students with 90 100 computers at home Types of computer use by teachers: --Word processing 76 NA --Make lesson plans NA 97 --Record grades 59 97 --Take attendance NA 100 --Internet searches 68 94 --Email 85 100 --Parent contact NA 100 --Test students NA 38Table 1 Las Montanas, 1999-2010SOURCES: Teacher surveys, October 1998, October 2009; student surveys October 1998, October 2010
Diffusion In 2006 the Pennsylvania Department of Education introduced the Classrooms for the Future initiative Of the 501 PA public school districts, 447 received Classrooms for the Future grants by the end of 2008 Initial reports from participating schools is enthusiasm and positive results The goal of program is receive 100% participation from all districts
1:1 Domestic Progress Alberta’s Emerge Laptop Immersion Program Segwick High School’s One to One Laptop Computer Initiative School District No. 60 Wireless Laptop Project One-to-One Computing programs in Virginia One-to-One Computing programs in Michigan One-to-One Computing programs in Maine Fullerton’s School District Laptop Program One-to-One Computing in US Public Schools1:1 International Progress American School of Bombay, Bombay, India St. Cuthberts College, Auckland, New Zealand Nashwaaksis Middle School, New Brunswick, Canada Eastern Townships School Board, Quebec, Canada Munich International School, Starnberg, Germany
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