Getting Smartby Tom Vander ArkNew Tech Network is a group of about 200 schools (90% in school districts) that share four design principles:Teaching that Engages ─ Through project-based learning, teachers become curriculum designers and students learn to be collaborative problem solvers.Outcomes that Matter ─ New Tech Network learning outcomes also measure collaboration, written and oral communication and the development of student responsibility for their own learning and agency.Culture that Empowers ─ By making learning relevant and creating a collaborative learning culture, students become connected to, engaged with, and challenged by their school, their teachers and their peers.Technology that Enables ─ Through a technology-rich environment, teachers and students create, communicate, access information, and experience self-directed learning.But these like-minded schools that share a learning model and platform aren’t all the same–they are urban and rural, STEM-focused and arts-focused, magnet schools and dropout recovery schools. Read more…

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