• Project Spotlight-Project 752

    A Best-in-Network 2018 Finalist   Scottsburg New Tech High School Teachers: Whittney Shafer & Ashlee Hafer Course: Political Perspectives Grade:12 Driving Question: How do we as economic developers of Scott County create a plan in order to interest a company to come to our county? Project Snapshot This course is a year-round mashup of Government, Economics, and English 12. We focus on non-fiction... [read more]


  • Project Spotlight-Photogrammetry for Preservation

    A Best-in-Network 2018 Finalist   Cross County High School Teachers: Jason Blake Course: Environmental and Spatial Technology Grade: 9-12 Driving Question: Using technology, experience,  and teamwork can we create a way for our local State Archaeological Park to reach a new, wider audience, in an interactive and engaging way? Project Snapshot The purpose of this project is to preserve and help spread... [read more]


  • Project Spotlight-Hoosier Veterans’ Consortium

    A Best-in-Network 2018 Finalist   New Tech Institute Teachers: Ryan Jones & Bonnie Alcorn Course: English and American History Grade: 9 Driving Question: What do combat veterans and their families experience during war and after returning home? Project Snapshot This project began as a historical fiction scrapbook that students developed in Innovative Perspectives, an English and U.S. History combined course. Over the... [read more]


  • Project Spotlight-What’s Living in Your Swamp

    A Best-in-Network 2018 Finalist   i3 Tech Academy @FPCHS Teacher: Corinne Schaefer & Andrew Medearis Course: BioLit and Game Design I and II Grade: 9-12 Driving Question: How can we learn about the ecosystems presented at the Alligator Farm to help create an interactive app so that we help the community learn about human impact on the environment?  Project Snapshot  This... [read more]


  • Project Spotlight-Vieux Carre ( French Quarter Walking Tour Project)

    A Best-in-Network 2018 Finalist   St Charles Satellite Center Teacher: Craig Howat Course: Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration Grade: 11-12 Driving Question: How does Tourism engage a targeted audience while focusing on learning and entertainment? Project Snapshot  This project is about two groups of students. The first group of students learns about history, culture and what makes a local area unique.... [read more]


  • Project Spotlight-Man Up

    A Best-in-Network 2018 Finalist   Parramatta Marist High School Teacher: Luke Barry-Donnellan Course: Personal Development/Health/Physical Education combined with Information Software Technology Grade: 9 Driving Question: How can we redefine the current 'man code' and support each other at Parramatta Marist High School? Project Snapshot This project is an integration between PDHPE and Information Software Technology. There is currently a rising number of... [read more]


  • Project Spotlight: Cedar Creek Anthology

    How do students inform others in their community about their history?


  • Project Spotlight: Project Re-GREENville

    Carolina High School & Academy Teacher: Lauren Whitaker Course: Environmental Studies Grade: 11-12 Driving Question: How can we transform urban wastelands into beneficial spaces for our community? Project Snapshot Partnering with the City of Greenville, students learned about population growth, urbanization, water quality, soil quality, environmental regulation, and pollution within the context of analyzing potential brownfield sites within our city. Students then... [read more]


  • Project Spotlight: The FEMA project

    Rocket New Tech Teachers: Melissa Saldana and Emma Weatherly Course: Geo-Lit (combination AP Human Geography and AP Freshman English) Grade: 9 Driving Question: How can society prepare itself for inevitable natural disasters?   Project Snapshot Teachers Emma and Melissa were watching the Hurricane Harvey coverage and as they were watching it, they realized it was a project. How do you map... [read more]


  • Project Spotlight: Homes for Heroes Project

    School: Parramatta Marist High School Teachers: Gina Mari Course: Visual Arts Grade: 8 Driving Question: How can we as artists, raise the awareness of returning soldiers through a series of artworks using the frames and conceptual framework? Project Snapshot The students researched war artists and artworks that dealt with war, they created artworks that would take the soldiers minds off the horrors of... [read more]


  • Project Spotlight: Cell Biology and Bread

    School: River Middle School Teacher: Louann Talbert Course: Life Science Grade: 7-8 Driving Question: What is the connection between cell biology and bread-making? Project Snapshot Students study about cells and what makes them work. They use this knowledge to understand how yeast works in bread making and create the healthiest, most alive bread to share with panelists from local bakeries and... [read more]


  • Project Spotlight: Interactive Literacy

    School: i3 Academy @FPCHS Teachers: Corinne Schaefer Course: Creative Writing I & II, Drawing I and Game Design I & II Grade: 9-12 Driving Question: How do students use learned writing techniques to successfully create literature (narratives) for a specific audience (5th grade students)? How do we work with different groups in different classes (curriculum/subjects) to develop a successful publication? How do... [read more]


  • Project Spotlight: Valle de Oro

    nex+Gen Academy Teachers: Laura White and Michael Steele Course: Environmental Science & Statistics Grade: 12 Driving Question: 1. What is necessary to restore this land to a more historic ecosystem? 2. How can we quantify the biotic and abiotic changes occurring in this anthropogenically-altered ecosystem as we actively restore it? 3. How can we interpret and then communicate our findings in an... [read more]


  • Project Spotlight: Dare to Dream in Color

    Best-in-Network Winner, Washington Discovery Academy


  • Project Spotlight: Hoosier Veterans’ Consortium

    New Tech Institute Teachers: Ryan Jones and Bonnie Alcorn Course: English and American History Grade: 9 Driving Question: What do combat veterans and their families experience during war and after returning home?   Project Snapshot *Student groups are assigned a war or conflict to investigate and report to class *Students create a historically fictional scenario to create a scrapbook *Combat veterans... [read more]


  • Project Spotlight: Mighty Mug Commercials

    Eagle Tech Academy-High School All Staff Course: Advisory All Grades Driving Question: How can we create a commercial for Mighty Mug that showcases the advantages of their product, especially in a 1:1 environment? Project Snapshot Students were charged with creating a commercial for the company, Mighty Mug. The founder asked students to create a commercial that showcased their product, especially its advantages... [read more]


  • Project Spotlight: Literacy 4 Life

    Columbus Signature Academy Central Middle School Campus Teachers: Trisha Burns and Angela Spurgeon Course: Algebra Ready and English 8 Driving question: How do we promote literacy in our neighborhood? Project Snapshot Students raised money, purchased books, and made a bookmark with statistics and strategies for literacy in the home for their chosen Columbus organization. Student Products Proposal Presentation with their goal amount of... [read more]


  • Project Spotlight: Cupcake Wars

    Haldane Elementary School Teachers: Michelle Hartford, Lisa Pray, Jen Windels Course Level: Fourth Grade   Driving Question: How can we use "My Plate" to make healthy choices? Project Snapshot After researching need to knows and reading about "My Plate" in GR groups, students collaborated on designing and baking a group healthy cupcake. The group requirement was to have a combination of one... [read more]


  • Project Spotlight: Designed to Sell: Birdhouse Edition

    Niles New Tech Entrepreneurial Academy-High School Teachers: Courtney Dwyer & Matt Pagano Course: BioArt-a team-taught class combining Biology and Art     Driving Question: How can we as scientists and designers, create an artificial habitat in the form of a birdhouse, which is both aesthetically pleasing and incorporates the specific environmental needs of the target species? Project Snapshot Learners collaborated to... [read more]


  • Doing Projects vs. Project Based Learning PBL

    The difference between doing projects and PBL.


  • Smart Review | Fire Forensics: Evidence and Claims

    Getting Smart by Andrew Larson Having been an educator for twenty years now, I have seen many “hot careers” capture the curiosity of students. Students often list computer programming, biomedical engineering or web design as aspirational careers. Dating back to 2000, though, when the first “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” shows created the fervor around crime scene investigation, students have been... [read more]


  • New Tech Network Elementary Model

    Our work with elementary schools is a natural extension of our work with middle and high schools throughout the country. New Tech elementary schools employ the key design elements that make NTN schools successful: outcomes that matter, teaching that engages, culture that empowers, and technology that enables. These design elements are adapted for elementary schools in ways that ensure they are... [read more]


  • Sell Me a Story

      In his most recent book, To Sell is Human, Daniel Pink suggests every individual regardless of career is actually a salesperson. The book outlines strategies and skills needed to be successful in the new sales environment. Part of the focus on the book spotlights education, which is one of two identified industries experiencing rapid growth. Pink looks at a... [read more]