Technology & Learning, February 1999, p. 41
Here are proven, expert tips that have spelled success at three of the nation’s leading schools.
- Technology-Based School Community Programs. McNair Elementary School in Georgia has been a pioneer in developing a flagship technology program with the community. To succeed, you must:
• Settle on a well-defined mission.
• Forge partnerships local businesses, higher ed institutions, and government agencies in order to secure funding, training, and equipment.
• Offer support and training for teachers.
• Develop programs that appeal to all segments of your community, from young children to the elderly.
• Publicize your program by calling on local news outlets, developing a web site, or holding community events.
- High-Tech High Schools. These lessons learned at the award-winning New Technology High School can be applied to any school:
• Create a flexible environment of trust and respect. Students will live up to the trust offered to them.
• Partner with high-tech corporations, who can offer everything from equipment donations and training, to job opportunities for graduates.
• Use group learning methods, which are situations that most students will encounter in the real business world.
• Objectively assess the effectiveness of your technology, with an emphasis on content and ideas.
- Make Over An Existing School Using Technology. In Worcester, Mass., school officials created from scratch the “Accelerated Learning Laboratory.” Here the key ingredients were:
• The “accelerated learning” approach meant that every student would be considered gifted and talented, and get the due attention and resources. The curriculum is “project-based” and heavily dependent on technology.
• Collaborate with experts. A.L.L. officials drew on the expertise of professors, psychologists, education specialists, and top schools.
• Use community resources and build projects that utilize state and local government agencies as well as institutions of higher education.