If someone asks, I tell them that my school makes sense. The projects relate to the real world, so I never have to ask "why am I learning this?" It's challenging but in a good way. The way we integrate technology and presentations gives us skills we will use forever. Our school really prepares us for what comes next.
- Senior, Napa New Technology High School
The Edge Foundation, the Putnam County School District, and the New Tech Network (NTN) bring you a high school for the 21st century. New Tech High Schools help students gain knowledge and deeper learning skills needed to succeed in life, college, and the careers of tomorrow.
Project-based learning is at the heart of the instructional approach. In project-based learning, learning is contextual, creative, and shared. Students collaborate on projects that require critical thinking and communication. By making learning relevant to them in this way, student engagement reaches new levels. This higher level of engagement is associated with better educational outcomes.
The smart use of technology supports our innovative approach to instruction and culture. All classrooms have a one-to-one computing ratio. With access to Web-enabled computers and the latest in collaborative learning technology, every student becomes a self-directed learner who no longer needs to rely on teachers or textbooks for knowledge and direction.
Putnam EDGE High School will build a culture that promotes trust, respect, and responsibility. At New Tech schools, students and teachers alike have exceptional ownership of the learning experience and their school environment. Working on projects and in teams, students are accountable to their peers and acquire a level of responsibility similar to what they would experience in a professional work environment.
Results on college acceptance rates, graduation rates and behavioral indicators point to strong performance levels among many New Tech schools. Students are given the knowledge they will need to succeed in life, college and the careers of tomorrow.
In project-based learning, there are no right answers. Asking the students to take four weeks to design a parabolic solar oven for use in rural Haiti results in as many designs as there are imaginations in the class.
- Leah Penniman, Environmental Studies Teacher, Tech Valley High School, Rensselaer, New York