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News,  September 11, 2006

'School of the Future' opens doors

First-of-its-kind school seeks to meet the needs of 21st-century learners
By Corey Murray, Senior Editor, eSchool News

"A paperless environment; flexible classroom furniture that easily can be arranged to support collaborative, project-based learning; high-tech tools to support hands-on instruction; and a sustainable architecture designed to save thousands of dollars in energy costs--all of these innovations mark Philadelphia's new School of the Future, which opened its doors to students for the first time Sept. 7. Built in conjunction with Microsoft Corp., the school is more than just a showcase for new technology; project leaders hope it will serve as a replicable model for other districts to follow as they look to design learning environments that can engage, motivate, and address the unique needs of every student....

September 8, 2006 - The School of the Future, the long-anticipated joint venture between software giant Microsoft Corp. and the School District of Philadelphia, held its first day of classes yesterday. Project organizers say the state-of-the-art facility is intended to serve as a model for other school districts as administrators seek to better meet the needs of 21st-century learners.

eSchool News was on location in Philadelphia Sept. 7 as students and teachers took to the halls to explore this technological marvel. The sprawling facility, situated in the traditionally low-income neighborhood of Fairmont Park, just a few blocks from the Philadelphia Zoo, will serve 170 freshman in 2006, adding a new class each year until it reaches its 750-student capacity in 2009.

More than simply building a school that would showcase technology for its own sake, project leaders sought to create a truly interactive learning environment that could tackle the unique needs of today's students."

URL: http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=6579
Referred by: eSchool News
Posted by wrivenburgh on September 11, 2006 | News
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