The School of the Future, the long-anticipated joint venture between software giant Microsoft Corp. and the School District of Philadelphia, held its first day of classes yesterday. Project organizers say the state-of-the-art facility is intended to serve as a model for other school districts as administrators seek to better meet the needs of 21st-century learners.

eSchool News was on location in Philadelphia Sept. 7 as students and teachers took to the halls to explore this technological marvel. The sprawling facility, situated in the traditionally low-income neighborhood of Fairmont Park, just a few blocks from the Philadelphia Zoo, will serve...

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