Learning today can look and feel quite differently than what most of us experienced in school. The recent “Uptown Funk” video by A Maceo Smith New Tech High School students generated more than 6.5 million views on YouTube in three days. On the surface it looks like a teacher and some students simply having fun. Look more closely, learning is happening right in front of your eyes.
We think we know what good learning looks like — students studying cancer cells under a microscope, listening to a lecture from a teacher on World War I and earning B’s and A’s on tests and papers. These kinds of activities are components of learning at New Tech Network elementary, middle and high schools. But there is so much more to teaching students how to learn, engaging them in relevant inquiry-led work, and helping them create products for the world to see. This is what we mean by “college and career ready students.”
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