Educational Technology

September 22, 2011

New Tech academies seen as talent boost

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

by Devon Haynie, The Journal Gazette

The first New Tech high school opened in 1996 in Napa, Calif., a collaboration of business, community leaders and a local school corporation. At the time, local business leaders were concerned students weren’t graduating with the skills required in the new economy. After research, the groups decided on a new model that employed a style of learning meant to mirror the real world. Students work in groups, give presentations and work with people who are not their friends, just as they do in the business world. Different subjects are combined into one course, with names such as “Biocom,” in which students might complete a project that sharpens both reading and science skills. In Eagle Tech’s biocom class, for example, students were told to build a self-sustaining ecosystem that they will then present to a former employee of the Department of Natural Resources.

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