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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On a scale of 1 to 5: 1 = not important, 5 = very important
Strong Work Ethic
Source: Job Outlook 2002, National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
Learning and Innovation
Information and Technology
Life and Career
1960s: Howard Barrows at McMaster University found that while his medical students scored well on tests, they were unable to accurately diagnose patients.
Subjects taught in silos and not often applied to one another.
THE OLD WAY:
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Know/ Need to Know
The Old Classroom
NEW TECH HIGH SCHOOL
The Classroom Redesigned
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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.