When we opened the school we knew technology was a way to engage students in technology and we were early pioneers in this model. As our school also became diversified with a high percentage of English Language Learners, we found that blended learning provided a strong background knowledge to allow students great access to our greater content curriculum.
Our challenges have included resources, funding, classroom management related to laptops, student open access to the internet became a safety issue, and teacher training. We have overcome these challenges by intentional recruiting, intensive PD, strong culture building for students and teachers.
growth mindset for students and teachers, strong supports and resources
We are an urban school with a very diverse population.
TechBoston Academy (TBA) is a pilot school for grades 6-12, founded in 2002. TBA offers a college preparatory curriculum where technology is the bridge that connects the student to their learning experience. Students are exposed to a wide array of technology: laptops, Smartboards, Mobile interactive whiteboards, Classroom Performance System student response system, Google Apps for Education, podcasting, and video production. These technologies are integrated throughout their subjects, offering students multiple ways to learn. Students use laptops throughout the day and learn to see technology as a tool, not a toy, in their learning process.
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