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High Tech High: A model that works…


Back in January, I was interested in creating a tool that would replace textbooks in the classroom and develop students’ skills of media consumption and production. Not surprisingly, I have found that this work is already being done and that the roadblock is not in designing the tool itself but in changing the “traditional” standards based model of schools. How can such a change in culture be accomplished and what examples will lead us there? I cannot say enough good things about the work of High Tech High. Particularly their efforts to link projects to the community (local and international) and their radically different approach to assessment (presentations of learning vs. end of quarter tests). Can the rest of our schools be “transformed by technology” or is there something else we must do?

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  1. Cindy Richardson
    June 13, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    this is great stuff — and it’s not theory, they are already doing it! I’m definitely going to use presentations of learning (POLs) for my new Mindset class “final exam”.

  2. June 14, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    excellent! i am really in love with the POL idea, especially when connected back to the goals of the class. how has your learning helped the group reach its goal? let me know how it goes!

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