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Section 1. THE CLASSROOM REDESIGNED NEW TECH HIGH SCHOOL. What is a New Tech High School?. An innovative learning environment, fueled by engaging instruction, collaborative culture and project-based learning (PBL). Students are taught 21 st Century skills needed to succeed in the future.

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what is a new tech high school
What is a New Tech High School?
  • An innovative learning environment, fueled by engaging instruction, collaborative culture and project-based learning (PBL).
  • Students are taught 21st Century skills needed to succeed in the future.
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What is a New Tech High School?
  • There is a network of more than 60 New Tech High Schools throughout the country.
  • Started in Napa, California.
  • Today’s presentation focuses on New Techs in Northeast, Indiana.
  • Let’s start by discussing some common misconceptions about New Tech.
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MYTH

REALITY

New Tech High Schools are for kids who don’t plan on going to college.

New Tech students are exceptionally prepared for college.

In 2006, 85% of New Tech seniors applied to college. 98% of those applicants were accepted.

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MYTH

REALITY

New Tech High Schools are only for really smart kids and honors students.

Actually, students of all aptitudes attend New Tech, not just ‘honors students.’

The lessons are not based on advanced subjects, but they are academically rigorous, intensely practical and involve real-world issues.

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MYTH

REALITY

The biggest difference between New Tech High Schools and traditional high schools are the computers.

Technology is a big part of how we learn, but the use of computers is just one of many, many differences.

At New Tech, subjects are integrated, the environment fosters creativity, and material is applied to the real world.

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MYTH

REALITY

Since New Tech focuses on teamwork so much, students are evaluated and graded in groups, not as individuals.

Teamwork is a huge part of the New Tech experience, but students are still graded as individuals. They are evaluated on their development of 21st Century skills.

…and yes, there are still quizzes and tests.

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MYTH

REALITY

New Tech’s project-based learning (PBL) format hasn’t been proven to be effective. New Tech is just a fad.

Research indicates that PBL is more effective than traditional teaching methods: students retain more and can better explain it to others.

PBL students also tend to achieve higher scores on standardized tests.

quick review
Quick Review
  • Academically rigorous, intensely practical
  • Uses project-based learning, an empowering culture and advanced technology to teach 21st Century skills.
  • What exactly are 21st Century skills?
what do 21 st century employers want
What do 21st century employers want?

On a scale of 1 to 5: 1 = not important, 5 = very important

4.69

4.59

4.54

4.5

4.46

Teamwork Skills

Communication Skills

Honesty

& Integrity

Strong Work Ethic

Interpersonal

Skills

Source: Job Outlook 2002, National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)

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What Are 21st Century Skills?

Learning and Innovation

Information and Technology

Life and Career

school wide learning outcomes
School Wide Learning Outcomes
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Work Ethic
  • Critical Thinking and Innovation
  • Technology
  • Academic Content
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  • Traditional approaches and evaluation are not suited well for teaching 21st Century students.”

Howard Gardner

Harvard University

traditional education
Traditional Education
  • Traditional Model
    • Students are taught in a standardized, lecture-based setting.
    • But not everyone learns the same way or at the same pace.
    • Smart, talented kids who don’t do well with tests and memorization can fall behind.
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Traditional Education
  • Assessment-Based
    • States and schools emphasize test scores, managed curriculum and a specific learning pace.
    • Passing tests and memorizing facts does not guarantee success in “the real world.”
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1960s: Howard Barrows at McMaster University found that while his medical students scored well on tests, they were unable to accurately diagnose patients.

  • In other words: they couldn’t apply what they had learned from textbooks and lectures.
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Traditional Education
  • Environments
    • Rows of desks.
    • Little emphasis on technology.
    • Little collaboration between students.
    • Limited collaboration between educators.
    • Isolated subjects.
    • Minimal application to real world issues.
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ENGLISH

MATH

SCIENCE

HISTORY

Subjects taught in silos and not often applied to one another.

THE OLD WAY:

a different way to teach learn
A Different Way to Teach & Learn
  • New Tech has redesigned the modern classroom.
  • We create an immersive education that prepares students for the real world.
core components of new tech
Core Components of New Tech
  • Project-Based Learning (PBL)
  • Collaborative Environment
  • Culture of Trust, Respect and Responsibility
  • Integrated Technology
  • Real World Advantage
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Core Components of New Tech
  • Project-Based Learning
    • Subjects are integrated: students are given a project and must learn the science, math, history, etc. to complete it.
    • Practical: Students apply what they learn, as they learn it.
    • Learning is hands-on.
traditional classroom doing projects
Traditional Classroom: “Doing Projects”

Typical project timeline

Peer Edit

Writing Exercise

Lecture

Culminating Project

Textbook

Activity

Lecture

Writing Exercise

Textbook

Activity

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Science

Math

History

YOUR PROJECT

English

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Core Components of New Tech
  • Culture of Trust, Respect and Responsibility
    • Students help develop their own rules and codes of conduct — and stick to them.
    • High expectations for self and others, deep respect for the learning environment.
    • Autonomy for students — “This is MY school!”
    • Fewer behavioral problems.
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Core Components of New Tech
  • Collaborative Environment
    • Easy access to facilitators.
    • Environments feature open spaces, natural lighting and bright color.
    • No rows of desks. Students share ideas and work together in “pods” of desks.
    • Educators collaborate with each other too.
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Core Components of New Tech
  • Integrated Technology
    • Intrinsic to the classroom — every student has access to a computer.
    • 24/7 access to grades and progress.
    • Students are connected to each other and to facilitators.
    • Technology is the tool, not the focus and not a shortcut.
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Core Components of New Tech
  • Real World Advantage
    • Class projects are based on real-world scenarios.
    • New Tech partners with area businesses to develop projects.
    • Students will be expected to participate in an internship during their junior or senior year.
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TRADITIONAL HIGH SCHOOL

The Old Classroom

NEW TECH HIGH SCHOOL

The Classroom Redesigned

  • Information is filtered and limited to what is provided by teacher and textbook.
  • Information is unfiltered, abundant and accessible from many sources.
  • Students memorize information and are seldom asked to solve problems creatively.
  • Student are engaged to use what they learn to solve problems in creative ways.
  • Learning is done one subject at a time, not always applicable to the real world.
  • Content is integrated with other subjects and is tailored to address real-world issues.
  • Students almost always problem solve as a team.
  • Students work primarily alone.
new tech in northeast indiana
New Tech in Northeast Indiana
  • Largest concentration of New Tech High Schools in the country.
  • Focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in NE Indiana.
  • Addresses a real need for STEM talent in our region…
why a focus on stem
Why a Focus on STEM?
  • Northeast Indiana is a national hub for STEM careers
    • Defense & Aerospace
    • Advanced Manufacturing
    • Medical Device Developers & Manufacturers
  • Students graduating from New Tech High Schools in NE Indiana are poised for these high paying careers.
  • New Tech isn’t only for students interested in STEM. Students are well-prepared for almost any career field.
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  • New Tech raises the bar of educational achievement. Not everyone is going to become an engineer, but there’s no reason the bar can’t be raised for everyone.”

Bruce Menshy

Director of Operations, Raytheon Co., Fort Wayne

raising the bar for all students
Raising the Bar for All Students
  • Teamwork, accountability, critical thinking—valuable in any career.
  • New Tech students still participate in sports, the arts and other extra-curricular activities.
  • You have a choice in your education.
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Redefine Your Education.

By choosing New Tech, you choose an immersive, hands-on education that will prepare you for virtually any career field or entry into university or college.

viking new tech
Viking New Tech
  • Viking New Tech is a choice
    • Currently 110 9th graders in Year 1
    • Up to 125 9th graders in Year 2
  • Located within HNHS
  • Students have elective opportunities
  • Students can earn Honors credits in VNT
vnt required courses for 9 th grade
VNT Required Courses for 9th grade
  • Math
    • Algebra I or Geometry
  • Global Perspectives
    • English 9 & World History
  • BioCom
    • Biology & Digital Media
  • Careers—integrated with core content areas
viking new tech elective courses
Viking New Tech Elective Courses
  • Chinese I
  • Health & PE
  • Fundamentals of Agriculture
  • Speech & Mass Media
  • Recommend Project Lead The Way courses
    • Intro to Engineering Design