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Using online tools to keep students engaged


Connie Langland

on Mar 31, 2015 10:48 AM

At the start of class, 9th grader William Cook has logged on to an academic website, just as his algebra teacher, Robert Mastrangelo, instructed.

“Do the reading and watch some of the videos before you do the practice,” advises Mastrangelo, who moves down an aisle to assist a student having trouble logging on.

How Philadelphia compares with other big-city school districts


Paul Socolar

on Mar 26, 2015 12:57 PM

The fall 2014 edition of an annual report called Managing for Results in America’s Great City Schools provides data from 2012-13 comparing the School District of Philadelphia and about 40 other big-city school districts on key performance indicators for information technology.

Philadelphia’s results fell near the bottom among big-city districts nationally on most of the technology indicators.

Report gives District low technology ranking


Dan Hardy

on Mar 26, 2015 11:41 AM

The numbers tell the story: Philadelphia has all the markings of a technology-starved school district.

In a report released last fall on 2012-13 information technology benchmarks for about 40 of the school districts making up the Council of the Great City Schools, the School District of Philadelphia ranked second from the bottom in the average age of its computers: just over five years. A computer’s assumed useful life is about five years.

At Building 21, tech makes learning personal


Dale Mezzacappa and Allison Welton

on Mar 25, 2015 01:13 PM

Building 21 is one of three innovative high schools started this year designed to transform the educational experience for students. After a year of planning, it opened in September to its first class of more than 100 9th graders.

Like High School of the Future, it has a one-to-one technology program. Each Building 21 student gets a Chromebook, and work is done digitally. There are no textbooks and little paper is used.

Building a tech culture


Bill Hangley Jr.

on Mar 25, 2015 12:33 PM

Principals never have enough of anything. But the item at the top of Robert Caroselli’s technology wish list is telling.

“I’ll tell you what – they need servers,” he said. “Upgraded servers. Districtwide.”

Questions parents may want to ask


the Notebook

on Mar 25, 2015 12:31 PM

Hardware and software

• What kind of technology will my child use?

• Do students use computers in the classroom? How many devices are available for each class?

School technology: What to look for


Bill Hangley Jr.

on Mar 25, 2015 12:32 PM

Officials say parents and students can expect every District school to have some basic hardware and software. Some will also offer various next-level elements.

High School of the Future: A learning experience


Dale Mezzacappa and Allison Welton

on Mar 24, 2015 02:22 PM

When math teacher Eros Uthman-Olukokun joined the High School of the Future faculty in the summer of 2013, he was overwhelmed.

Every student had a laptop, and all academic materials were online. Accustomed to paper, pencils, and textbooks, Uthman-Olukokun suddenly had to do everything differently.

He had transferred from the closed University City High School to HSOF, which was established in 2006 with the help of Microsoft to pioneer cutting-edge technology in an urban school.

Less-costly Chromebooks offer entry point to technology


Shannon Nolan and Camden Copeland

on Mar 24, 2015 12:53 PM

Are they glorified workbooks, just a substitute for paper and pencils? Or are Chromebooks shaping the way a new generation learns?

In a district catching up to 21st-century learning on a tight budget, these lightweight netbooks could be a catalyst for bridging the educational-technology gap.

Out with the old? Not so fast


Paul Jablow

on Mar 24, 2015 10:13 AM

Jan Deruiter still isn’t sure why he wandered into a general parent meeting at Lingelbach Elementary School near his home in Mount Airy two years ago.

But that chance visit could bring a major influx of donated computers to classrooms citywide, as well as changes to a District policy on using old technology.

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