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Central High makes student achievement, tech access its top priorities

Philadelphia school earns a spot as October’s eSchool of the Month

Central High's best ed-tech advice? "Ensure that everything you do is student-centered."

Philadelphia’s Central High School focuses on making its technology initiatives student-centered, with an emphasis on boosting achievement—and this focus has paid off in a big way.

Administrators, teachers, students, and parents are able to able to access grades, news, and pertinent communications instantly, and students have access to a wide range of applications to advance their learning. By strengthening the home-school connection, Central High is enhancing students’ chances of success.

For these reasons, Central High was chosen as our “eSchool of the Month” for October. Here, Brian Howland, a teacher and technology committee member, describes some of the school’s accomplishments and its keys to success.

(Editor’s note: To nominate your school or district for our “eSchool of the Month” feature, and to read about past winners, go to: http://www.eschoolnews.com/eschool-of-the-month.)

How does your school use technology to advance student learning?

Central High School uses in-school wired and wireless networks on iMacs and PCs. Our website, Centralhigh.net, based on the Edline platform, is used by administrators, faculty, students, parents, and alumni. Teachers have individual class pages; all sports teams and clubs have pages.

Integrated throughout are Grades (an application from EasyGradePro Web), interim reporting, calendars, school communications, and more.

We have five servers, five computer labs, and several smaller clustered labs, all using iMacs. We use TurnItIn plagiarism detection software, subscription-based research databases, and Follett Software’s Destiny online card catalog.

The purpose of technology at Central High is to serve the school community, to break down communication barriers between home and school, and to get as much information to the right people in the right format at the right time.

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