Central High makes student achievement, tech access its top priorities

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.…Read More

CCSC keeps the focus on teaching and learning

Student performance and motivation have increased as a result of the administration’s and staff’s commitment to integrate technology into classroom learning.

Indiana’s Crothersville Community School Corporation (CCSC) recognizes that technology is an important tool for helping students embrace learning. The district has used creative solutions to finance its ed-tech priorities, and a wireless virtual desktop solution helps keep support time to as minimum, so IT staff can focus on applications for teaching and learning.

For these reasons and more, we’ve chosen CCSC as our “eSchools of the Month” for September. Here, Assistant Principal Drew Markel describes some of the district’s accomplishments and its keys to ed-tech success.

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

At Westside High, learning ‘is no longer a six-hours-a-day event’

iPads are just one of the many tools that Westside High uses to help personalize learning.

Westside High School (WHS), part of Nebraska’s Westside Community Schools, owes much of its success to its focus on effective ed-tech integration that extends learning beyond the school bell. Its one-to-one computing program encourages student creativity and productivity—and school leaders are committed to using technology to meet the unique needs of every learner.

For these reasons, WHS was chosen as our “eSchool of the Month” for July/August. Here, Kent Kingston, the district’s executive director of administrative and technology services, 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, go to: http://www.eschoolnews.com/eschool-of-the-month.) …Read More

Open High School of Utah makes learning ‘collaborative, interactive, and flexible’

Students in Utah's Open High School create projects with different tools such as Glogster.

The winner of our June “eSchool of the Month” honor is Open High School of Utah (OHSU), a full-service virtual high school that serves students throughout Utah. OHSU serves 250 ninth and 10th grade students, and in the 2011-12 school year it will expand to include 11th and 12th grade students.

OHSU is a leader in using ed-tech tools to make learning more collaborative and engaging for students—from staging historical reenactments via Twitter to launching video discussions of course content. In this feature, Sarah Weston, the school’s curriculum director and technology coordinator, describes some of the initiatives that have helped the school serve its students effectively.

(To nominate your own school or district for this award, and to see past winners, go to http://www.eschoolnews.com/eschool-of-the-month.)…Read More

Spring Station Middle School owes its success to ‘trying different things’

Spring Station Middle School's dedication to learning with technology made it the first "eSchool of the Month."

The first institution to be highlighted in our brand-new “eSchool of the Month” series is Spring Station Middle School (SSMS) in Tennessee’s Williamson County Schools. SSMS serves about 700 students in grades 6-8 and “seeks to be a leader in student integration of ed tech,” according to Assistant Principal Timothy Drinkwine.

Here, Drinkwine shares the school’s secrets to success. (SSMS will be featured in the May print edition of eSchool News. To nominate your own school or district for this award, go to http://www.eschoolnews.com/school-of-the-month.)

How does your school use technology to advance student learning?…Read More