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An Inside View of the Google Summit at Napa New Tech High

I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at the Napa Valley Google Summit at our very own New Technology High School last week! NTHS is a project based learning (PBL) school in the New Tech Network that fully integrates Google Apps. It was amazing to feel the energy of over 400 people, all passionate about technology in education! […]

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Students Owning Their Learning: A Tale of 2 Schools

Here’s how to increase student learning: Increase student ownership of that learning: “… the most successful students are those who feel real ‘ownership’ of their education. In all the best performing school systems … ‘students feel they personally can make a difference in their own outcomes and that education will make a difference for their future.’” […]

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Project-Based Learning vs. Problem-Based Learning vs. X-BL

The term “project learning” derives from the work of John Dewey and dates back to William Kilpatrick, who first used the term in 1918. At BIE, we see project-based learning as a broad category which, as long as there is an extended “project” at the heart of it, could take several forms…

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The benefits of tablets in early childhood education

It’s unfortunate that the AP headline “Tablets a hit with kids, but experts worry” (Dec. 25) may have alarmed parents, causing them to avoid the many positive benefits that can accrue to preschool children using iPads.

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New School Model

“It’s a renaissance in education,” says Napa Valley Unified School District Superintendent Patrick Sweeney of the new model being practiced in classrooms throughout the county. “It’s amazing: Teachers are excited; they’re seeing the excitement in their students; and they’re all learning new things.”

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More (any) local computer coding lessons welcome

The more we like something, the more likely it is that we’ll want to learn more about it. Yet despite Napa school hallways overflowing with gadget-crazed students glued to the latest and greatest digital screens, very few of them are interested in the technology that makes those screens zip, zag and sing.

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5 Best Practices of Tech-Leading Superintendents

Our own Barb Nemko is featured in a great article about tech-savvy superintendents. Karen Cator of Digital Promise picked her as one of 5 leading superintendents in the League of Innovative Schools.

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Unexpected benefits of Project-Based Learning

On Dec. 5, I had the opportunity to interview five members of American Canyon High School’s leadership class taught by Christine Goularte. As project manager for NexTech, my role is to oversee the implementation of Project-Based Learning (PBL) at 10 Napa Valley Unified School District schools.

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Mayor Jill Techel to lead ‘Hour of Code’

Mayor Jill Techel will lead New Technology High School students Friday as they join more than 4 million other students across 150 countries in participating in the “Hour of Code,” a campaign kicked off by President Obama.

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French Alliance donating computers to Napa High School

The Alliance Française de Napa, a non-profit dedicated to promoting French culture and language, will be donating 10 new Google Chromebook computers to the Napa High School French program on Thursday.

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Snapshots of the SHUSD: Culinary arts instructor Sarah Goff

St. Helena High School culinary arts instructor Sarah Goff said she was destined to work with food. Being a fourth-generation Napan, she has been raised alongside her family-farmed acreage that has produced pears, prunes and apples and finally, wine grapes, in Carneros.

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Lois Wolk debates Internet privacy with New Tech students

Great article about New Tech students and Senator Wolk. We were there and the students asked amazing questions. Very engaged and confident. All students in Napa County will be like this soon!

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Director of Anita Hill Film to Visit Napa’s New Tech High

Projects don’t get more ‘real-world’ than this! NTH students are participating in the Napa Valley Film Festival as reporters.

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Schools embrace project-based learning 2.0

NapaLearns and Napa County schools are featured in this great article. Read the related article at the end to learn how this wonderful form of learning can be assessed.

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RLS students sharpen debating skills

Great things happening in St. Helena at RLS Middle School. The students are developing the 4Cs while debating school policies. How much more relevant and authentic can you get?

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