New Tech High SchoolVision A school for average students. Project-based learning Trust 21st Century Skills
New Tech High SchoolClassroom Classes of 50 students Each class team taught by two teachers Teams of two teachers in combined subjects such as English /Drama, English /History, Math/Science, Math/Digital Arts Block scheduling – two hour classes
New Tech High SchoolTechnology Computer for each student in each classroom Smart Boards / Projectors Software - mostly free software, no large licensing or purchases Students have access to copiers and printers
New Tech High SchoolCurriculum Unit long projects– similar to WebQuests or other directed projects All projects begin with a launch All projects end with some kind of presentation All presentations are evaluated by panels of experts and parents
New Tech High SchoolInstruction Teachers work with students based on what they know, and what they need to know. Every project begins with a delination of what students need to know in order to satisfactorily complete the project Teachers assist students in learning what they need to know by working one-on-one, as well as by providing workshops on specific skills or content areas Students often have group meetings to work on projects
New Tech High SchoolCulture Removal of ‘factory’ elements – bells, hall passes Goal is to create the atmosphere of a small start-up company Small size, close relationships between teacher and student – tutorial /coaching relationship
20th Century Classroom & 21st Century ClassromOld Classroom New Classroom Teacher centered Student centered Working alone Working in teams Short, simple tasks Long, Complex tasks Irrelevant to learner Relevent to learner Accountable to teacher Accountable to peers Passive Learning Active learning
New Tech High SchoolAssessment Skills based – one overall grade is given, but is also broken down into subtopics such as ○ work ethic ○ literary content ○ collaboration ○ oral communication ○ written communication ○ historical content ○ critical thinking ○ reading skills You get what you assess – general grades are unclear and unmotivating to students because they don’t know what to be working towards.