Online Learning Update

June 17, 2015

The New York iSchool: reinventing the high school experience

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:04 am

by Sarah Marsh, the Guardian

Principal Isora Bailey says her school in lower Manhattan was designed to be a school for the future. It would be easy to walk past the New York iSchool without giving it much thought. The small grey-bricked building in lower Manhattan looks like just another public (state) high school, but behind its light blue doors a new approach to education is being pioneered. Seven years ago New York’s state government set the school’s founders the challenge of rethinking the high school experience for the digital age. They hoped it would act as a model for other schools in the city to follow. The woman who has led this revolutionary approach for the past three years is principal Isora Bailey. She says the main ways they met the brief was by changing how they use their time – mixing online learning with traditional teaching – and re-evaluating what they teach beyond the curriculum.

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