New Tech Network's New Tech @ East Tech High School to Host Ohio Digital Learning Task Force

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As part of KnowledgeWorks tour, Task Force to explore how digital learning allows teachers to leverage effectiveness, project-based learning, showcase 1:1 computer ratio in schools

Lisa Duty

New Tech Network brings entrepreneurial activity to today’s learning systems. New Tech @ East Tech clearly illustrates how the role of the teacher and the student are being reinvented for the digital age.

The Ohio Digital Learning Task Force (ODLTF) will hold its next meeting at noon at New Tech@East Tech High in Cleveland Monday after the group tours the two-year-old innovative high school, one of more than 85 New Tech Network schools in 16 states nationwide.

The Task Force members will be greeted by East Tech students starting promptly at
9 a.m. The tour aims to show the group how digital learning influences instruction, as teachers successfully incorporate a digital platform in the classroom. The tour will showcase the evolving role of both the teacher and the student in a school with a 1:1 computer ratio.

The meeting will be streamed live on the Ohio Channel and can be followed live on Twitter by using the hashtag #ODLTF.

New Tech Network President Lydia Dobyns said she welcomes the visit from the task force, and noted the importance of the tour. “Students at New Tech show high evidence of skills they will need for college and career. Skills like collaboration, critical thinking and communication are evident in the tours and in the students,” she said.

New Tech@ East Tech is built on three core elements: a culture that empowers teachers and students; rigorous and engaging project-based learning; and the integrated use of technology to facilitate relevant, collaborative learning.

“New Tech Network brings entrepreneurial activity to today’s learning systems. New Tech @ East Tech clearly illustrates how the role of the teacher and the student are being reinvented for the digital age,” said Dr. Lisa Duty, Director of External Affairs for KnowledgeWorks.

The Task Force grew out of the passage of HB 153 in July, intended to expand digital learning in Ohio that can allow students to customize their education, produce cost savings, and meet the needs of Ohio’s economy.

Robert Sommers, Ohio’s Director of 21st Century Education, said he is looking forward to seeing progress in the area of digital learning. “Technology is transforming everything about our lives. Education is no exception. We must find ways to serve students better by using all the resources technology provides us.”

As a precursor to the meeting and the school tour, KnowledgeWorks and Ohio Education Matters are hosting a dinner on Sunday which will feature a presentation from Kristin Kipp, the 2011 National Online Teacher of the Year. Lydia Dobyns, President of the New Tech Network, as well as Dr. Rick Ferdig, Professor of Instructional Technology at Kent State University, will address members of the ODLTF the following day.

Ohio Education Matters, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks Foundation, is a statewide, public policy research organization that focuses on connecting the dots between great innovations and those in the community who can make change. As a non-partisan entity, Ohio Education Matters acts as a catalyst of an education transformation in the state by conducting research, advocacy, engagement and policy development that inspires others to make the system changes needed today to prepare Ohio’s children for the future.

KnowledgeWorks is bringing the future of learning to America’s high schools and creating widespread, lasting change in the communities and states we serve. Our portfolio of high school approaches includes New Tech Network high schools, EdWorks high school redesign, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Early College High Schools. Our Strive subsidiary is catalyzing a national movement focused on the success of every child from cradle to career.

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