High-Tech Schools: The 21st Century Classroom
How do high-tech classrooms of the 21st century allow students to become better critical thinkers and problem solvers?




This project will allow viewers and participants to examine and evaluate the resources of current high tech classrooms and determine if these classrooms are producing better problem solvers than the regular classroom. If so, how do these classrooms empower students to use critical thinking skills?  Participants will have the opportunity to rate existing high-tech schools and blog about their rationale as well as suggestions for future schools.




Research shows that our educational system is struggling to produce students who are adequately prepared to function in 21st century jobs.  Many of these jobs and careers we do not know exist yet.  Our classrooms need to make better use of current technology in all subject areas to prepare for a workforce that is ever changing and requires intense problem solving skills.

Learning Objectives:

-Define what a high-tech school is.

-Examine various software and hardware common in high-tech schools.

-View examples of current high-tech schools.

-List strengths and weaknesses of the viewed high-tech schools.

-Assess the effectiveness of high-tech schools in building critical thinkers and problem solvers.

-Design a high-tech classroom that would work at an appropriate grade level or subject area.

-Discuss the ethical implications of the high-tech school (appropriate software, internet safety/ security, etc). 

Core Understanding:

-Technology is constantly changing and we need to keep our educational system up-to-date with these changes.

-Technology is the key to the advancement of higher educational learning.

-Technology needs to be available to all learners and it should aide in the motivation of learning.

-Technology resources need to be available to educators and parents and appropriate professional development should be implemented.