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Submitted by James Manlapid on Wed, 2013-06-05 14:08

This article reflects on how a high school in Napa, California views technology as an essential element to education. The New Technology High School encompasses laptops into their curriculum by assigning project-based challenges. Students are also encouraged to have a social media presence in which they are taught to tweet and comment in a responsible manner. Negative connotations that are made in the digital world are treated as a valuable teaching moment.

I feel that this is one of the important aspects of the school, "in addition to the group work that mimics companies (students can fire someone on a team if they aren't pulling their weight), seniors at the school wrap up their final year with a required project: a Web page they build themselves with their résumés, letters of recommendation and links to work they've done at school." Resume building, creating an online portfolio and centralizing recommendations are traditionally done in college. These students are at a significant advantage when transitioning into the real world.

My high school did not allow cell phones or laptops to be seen anywhere inside the building. My education at that institution did not embrace technology in the classroom and failed to prepare me for the real world. I hope in the near future that I may witness schools like New Technology High as the standard for K-12 education.

Hui Soo Chae Says:
Wed, 2013-06-05 22:04

Thanks for sharing the article James. Your reflections are a nice supplement to the Seminar today by Professor Abrams.

Incidentally, Fred featured in the story you reference in the June 2 High Five).

Kate Meersschaert Says:
Wed, 2013-06-05 16:52

James, thank you for sharing this interesting article re: New Tech. High and your thoughts on both BYOT (Bring your own Technology) and the benefits of this tech-positive curriculum! It does seem that this approach better prepare learners a future that includes technology. There is even a software development-focused High School here in NYC (see the vialogue below)!

Joann Agnitti Says:
Thu, 2013-06-06 09:49

I see your vialogue and raise you a vialogue-on-NLT: http://newlearningtimes.com/cms/article/216. Thanks for supplying the source video, Kate ;)