Student engagement skyrockets in tech-rich environment

tech-charterThe coolest school in Philadelphia has a golden telescope on the roof, where everyone from kindergarten through 12th grade can watch explosions on the surface of the sun.

Inside, all 1,327 students work on iPads and computers, and exercise in an all-Wii gym with Wii Fitness, Wii Sports and “Dance Dance Revolution.”

Students choose a favorite TV show or movie scene, re-enact it, film it, then edit it in the video lab.
Others design sneakers or model airplanes on their computers, then physically build them in a 3-D printer.

Instead of a traditional library, there is a computer-jammed media center that has the electric feel of an Apple Store when the newest iPhone debuts.

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