New Tech Network’s emphasis on technology and digital learning was highlighted in a congressional bill introduced last week by U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA).
The proposed Transforming Education Through Technology Act would require states and school districts to develop plans and policies that put the best technology in the hands of students and teachers to support learning and achievement for all students.
The bill would support technologies that would, among other things, allow students and teachers to receive real-time feedback, exchange information and connect instantly with peers beyond school walls.
New Tech Network, which includes New Tech High School in Napa, was mentioned in the bill because of its success in using digital learning to improve student outcomes.
An example of that success that was included in the Transforming Education Through Technology Act was the story of Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas.
At Manor High, 65 percent of students receive federally supported free- or reduced-price lunch, and 75 percent are students of color.
There, a project-based learning focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics has led to 62 percent of students being the first generation in their families to go on to post-high school education and a near zero secondary school dropout rate.
"Technology in education allows us to meets students where they are as digital natives," said Manor New Tech high Principal Steven Zipkes. "Our students are engaged and excited to learn and they are learning on the same tools they will need to be successful in life after high school.”
New Tech Network is a non-profit organization hired by public school districts and charter schools to build innovative learning environments so that students gain the knowledge and deeper learning skills they need to succeed in life, college, and the careers of tomorrow.
“We help transform K-12 schools by providing extensive training, professional development and coaching for teachers and administrators, said Lydia Dobyns, NTN President.
"Schools and districts join the Network and receive access to Echo, a proprietary learning management system designed to facilitate project-based learning for teachers, students and parents.”
Dobyns said the bill "will help schools across the country get on that same path toward a more meaningful educational experience for all students.”
NTN’s extensive use of technology supports its innovative approach to instruction and culture.
All classrooms have a one-to-one student-to-computer ratio. With access to the Web from any device, students have access to the latest collaborative learning technology.
Every student becomes a self-directed learner who no longer relies exclusively on teachers or textbooks for knowledge and direction.
NTN has developed Echo, a proprietary online learning management system, to create a dynamic network which helps students, teachers, and parents connect to one another and to other student projects across the country.
In January 2013, NTN launched “Digital Learning @ NTN” – a virtual innovative high school.
“This new and exciting online learning opportunity brings the best aspects of project-based learning to the virtual world," Dobyns said. "Now students across the New Tech Network learn to work collaboratively on courses that are not always available to them in their own NTN schools.”
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