Education innovation looks a lot like Manor, others

It is remarkable what a little money and encouragement can do. Before Samsung, that school district was broker than a third-tier country singer with laryngitis. Its achievement measures were in the dumper. This project has paid off big time. Continue reading

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Every Day is Digital Learning Day at New Tech West

Such is a typical day at New Tech West High School, located in Cleveland, Ohio’s Near 
West Side. One of the few schools in Cleveland with one-to-one technology, NTW uses digital learning to connect student learning to the real world, and by expanding student choice in developing products and solutions to project problems.
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STEM education to blossom along I-95 Corridor

When the grant was announced, education officials called the promise of New Tech in South Carolina a “game changer” for the community because kids will get the opportunity to develop 21st-century skills such as collaboration, problem-solving and critical thinking that are needed to succeed in the future.

Partnerships with South Carolina business leaders, civic leaders and education leaders have helped pave the way for the creation of 21st-century learning opportunities in the form of two New Tech STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) high schools. Continue reading

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A Federal Policy Agenda

This week KnowledgeWorks published “Transforming a World of Learning: A Federal Policy Agenda,” to encourage local innovation by empowering education leaders to create systems that evolve with the needs of today’s learners. These recommendations, which aim to inform reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), reflect lessons learned by KnowledgeWorks as it partnered with hundreds of schools, districts and communities to bring innovative education reform to underperforming environments. Continue reading

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New Tech at SxSW

South by Southwest was a special event for KnowledgeWorks – it’s not your typical education venue. Yet this year there were a good number of education themed panels and a high amount of energy surrounding the marriage of technology innovations with new and dynamic learning models. The key word of the conference? For me, it was gameification. As in, let’s make schooling self-paced, goal based, intrinsic and interesting with a few level-up opportunities thrown in for good measure. The participants in our New Tech Core Conversation, Beyond the Giant Double Rainbow, arrived at 5 p.m. ready to engage in learning about how technology application works in a project based learning environment. Continue reading

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Scholarships value New Tech, project-based learning

Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), a Chicago-area university that values collaboration and project-based learning, announced it will offer up to 25 scholarships annually, each worth more than $17,000 a year, to graduates of New Tech Network high schools who choose to study in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, architecture, business or psychology. The scholarships will be awarded for the 2011 academic year. Continue reading

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Leveraging the Power of Technology to Measure What Matters

The U.S. Department of Education recently published: “Assessment: Measure What Matters” recognizing that most of the assessment done today in our schools measures whether students have learned – but only after the moment of learning has passed. We are not currently measuring how students are learning – nor how students are thinking during that process – to help us replicate, design, develop and validate effective learning experiences. Of equal importance is the need to use data to drive decisions objectively at every level of our education system. How can we do that if the measurements are based on out dated learning models? How can we build a more effective experience based on the measures of the past? Continue reading

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Technology Should Support Great Teaching

Policymakers can achieve great gains in the advancement of the promise of technological benefits in the classroom simply by working to create a more easily accessible and affordable infrastructure for access. Technology is most successful in the classroom when it it used to “capture and amplify great teaching.” Continue reading

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