February 29, 2012

NYC iSchool

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How NYC iSchool innovatively and transformatively addressed the areas below:

Student Role

Students work in teams to address real world problems, and have access to a variety of courses and plan their course of study with an advisor, and they learn at their own pace. Students utilize the “I”, Learning Management System to complete their assignments,  participate in creative arts classes which helps in their development, and have the opportunity to participate in athletics.

Teacher / Staff Roles

Teachers provide individualized learning for students and a safe an supportive environment conductive to the development and needs of the students. Teachers should also be able to motivate students and encourage their critical thinking skills and use technology as a means to help students obtain the necessary skills to succeed in school and beyond.

Teachers  help students generate new ways of thinking and opportunities that will assist students in interacting with the world,. Teachers also provide field work for students, so they can explore career options, interaction with people apart from their classrooms enabling them to connect to the real world for a more fulfilling learning experience.

The school  provide and advisory program to provide students with academic and emotional support

Leadership Role

Leaders provide a balance educational experience to students of NYC iSchool, and emphases the importance of art in the totality of the development of each student. In addition, leaders provides a new approach to learning that not only focuses on core subjects, but also on socializing avenues whereby its students will be able to successfully meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century. Leaders view technology as a means not an end, so technology and the internet are used to balance students’ individual learning experiences.

School Scheduling (Creative Use of Time)

The iSchool model is both scalable and sustainable. The school relies on individuals, other schools, local businesses, service organizations, and large corporations to support their internship programs. Another partner, Cisco also provides much needed support.

In addition, the iSchool shares its space with another DOE high school and operates within the same policies and regulations of any NYC public high school which obviously will have a positive effect on their budget.

Learning Environment

Learning is self-paced and individualized enhanced by technology

Project from NYC iSchool: A Call to Action: A Crisis in Zimbabwe

Need to Know
Zimbabwe is experiencing a major economic and political crisis and the impact of HIV and AIDS, and  cholera have all contributed to an extensive lack of food supplies, essential items and the economic meltdown across Zimbabwe. The situation has progressed and grew worse and there has not been a strong dedicated effort to provide much needed humanitarian help.

Driving Question
what can one person or students do to spread awareness about the economic, political and health crisis in Zimbabwe?

Student Voice and Choice
Students work in teams to create “A Call to Action” campaign that will spotlight what is happening in Zimbabwe and to encourage others to join the fight and the cause. Students will also select a media of their choice to create and communicate their campaign, this include Facebook site, blog, website, NING, e-petition, or YouTube video. Students can also choose maintain a digital notebook.

21st Century Skills

Students use their critical thinking and problem solving skills to create campaigns that propels them and others to action. Students also work in groups to collaborate and brainstorm ideas that will make an effective campaign idea that will showcase Zimbabwe’s issues and illicit help for that country. Students become adept at researching writing and improving their communication skills by making presentations. They also gain knowledge world history, geography, politics, government, epidemiology as these topics relate to Sahan Africa.

Inquiry and Innovation

Students check the course Moodle (“Call to Action”) daily, as assignments, templates, and resources will be posted there. They also check their school email regularly, as teachers will communicate instructions, group feedback, etc. through this method. Students who choose to create and maintain a digital notebook must save it on the VDI to have available every day to be checked.
Students also utilize internet and mobile phones to communicate with others who are also share similar concerns. Group members will be asked to give each other feedback regularly

Feedback and Revision

Students rate each other campaigns and provide constructive feedback as part of their grades

Publicly Presented Product

  • Students present their campaigns to fellow students, teachers, and guest experts through a 3- to 5-minute presentation and “viewing” (or virtual tour).
  • students campaign will be posted on collective Zimbabwe activism website