The One Room Schoolhouse Goes High Tech

The One Room Schoolhouse Goes High Tech

In an article produced by Mind Shift titled “The One Room Schoolhouse Goes High Tech”, author Katrina Schwartz, introduces an alternative school method to better enhance learning through technology. The purpose of this alternate learning method focuses on not trying to make existing schools work better, but advancing a new model of school. Schwartz then explains that teams of engineers are collaborating with a pilot class of 20 students to create tech tools that track assignments, monitor progress and even record classrooms, with a launch of several classrooms planned across the San Francisco area next fall.

CEO Max Ventilla, a former Google executive, is attempting to build a model classroom that caters to each child’s interests, while providing opportunities for group work and collaboration. Ventilla was quoted saying, “We really believe you can teach anything though the interests of a child, so if there’s a student whose passionate about dolphins or medieval knights or the moon, that’s the lens they can use to learn about anility or ethics or politics or history or estimation. And that’s actually very similar to how we parent.” By catering to the students needs, teachers are able to make their lessons come alive and be interactive.

  1. Who does this type of learning focus on?

A.) While student are learning the common core as a guideline student’s      aren’t   grouped by grade level. Rather, students move through activities based on their skills. This type of learning now becomes less of a collaborative effort and more    of an individualized focus, meeting the need of that one student.

2. What is the role of technology in this pilot group?

A.) In many individualized type teaching believes in placing a student in front of   a screen an allowing for the computer to teach the student. This new alternative            school does not focus on that type of teaching, rather using technology to aid in the teaching practices. AltSchool Chief Technology Officer Komal Sethi stated, “We want the real-world, projected-based learning to happen, we just want to be   able to see that it’s happening (learning).” With this thought in mind, technology  in the classroom is less of a resource and more as a tracker of the individualized students learning. This use of technology can be very benefit in the connection of student and educators.

3. How do the engineers and teachers communicate?

A.) One thing that makes AltSchool run so smoothly is the interaction between its     engineers and teachers. The engineers spend time in the classroom, while theteachers spend time getting to know the technology. This relationship creates a great environment for learning and teaching. So far, developers have created the software that makes student playlists, for both audio and video replay system that allows teachers to bookmark important moments in the classroom. This    relationship between teachers and engineers need flexibility and trust to make the   best interface for their students, because that is what all the main importance in   education, teaching the students what they need.


Overall, I believe that these methods and ideas are only suited for small classrooms and homeschooling environments. Due to the mass amount of storage and money needed, all of the needed time and man power could seem overwhelming for some school districts

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3 Ways To Build a Digital Content Library

Summary: This article on “3 Ways to Build a Digital Content Library” by Bridget McCrea is all about explain how to integrate digital content into core curriculums all across the states. McCrea breaks this concept into two main approaches, a Wiki-Based library and a hybrid approach. She explains that Matt Zuchowicz, director of educational technology services for the 20 different school districts served by the Santa Barbara Count Education Office, that “these districts were among the first in California to develop an online portal to deliver digital content.” Her hybrid approach utilizes live streaming, downloadable content, and other documents to further student learning using bulk buying method. She understands the economic crunch that has been placed on schools and believes it is unrealistic for these institutions to create all of the necessary depth of digital resources in house. The second approach to the digital database is an Wiki-Based library. As K-12 schools nationwide explore more digital content options, McCrea understands that the solution is a totally online resource that aligns up with CCSS standards. She explains that this Wiki-based Library links together ideas, presentations and related contents to bring forth tools for teachers, students, and parents. She explains that “That information wasn’t always so well organized and accessible. “We originally had stacks of binders that housed all of the materials created by our teachers,” said Hedgepeth. “Our goal was to find a good way to organize that information on the Web so that teachers, students and parents could access it.”” McCrea emphasizes that this Wiki-based is combination of teachers that use it. This Wiki-based library is for teachers made by teachers.


Q1. What is your opinion of this article? Do you agree or disagree? Why?
A1. I completely agree with this article because technology is a very important part of school, but it is difficult for some low-income schools to gather the needed resources and tools that align with with CCSS standards.  Students today are being thrown into a very tech savvy world, and it is important that schools are helping their students explore a greater database of information, furthering their education. An aspect of teaching that is under utilized by most is the importance of student-parent relations and how important it is for them to further their learning at home. With this hybrid and wiki based library, teacher will be able to help parents aid their kids when needed.


Q2. How will this help the teachers?
A2. Wiki-Based and Hybrid type libraries give teachers access to online resources such as quizzes, tests, homework, and other articles to aid them teaching their students with better efficiency. With the average cost of education rising, teachers in low-income schools have a harder time getting the need material that is updated and deserving of the students. These types of libraries, will give schools the ability to buy in bulk and have access to a wide range of materials. 

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U.S. Learning Registry Aims to Tailor Online Content for Educators

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