When asked about what makes schools in our network different from traditional high schools, our common refrain is "don't ask us, ask the students." They are the best spokespeople for why change in education is necessary.
"Through the process of disruptive innovation along came minicomputers, then personal computers, and now tablets and smartphones. That's the force of disruptive innovation, and it is closing the achievement gap on an international level."
As an example of project based learning at its best, schools in the New Tech Network recently invited teachers to create projects using the hugely popular The Hunger Games trilogy as learning material.
I think it's helpful to quickly review the principles that have revolutionized nearly every other area of our lives: competition, customization, technology, modern management and a relentless focus on the customer.
The iSchool, a new high school in SoHo that incorporates technology into everyday learning, encourages students to take an active role in their own education and go beyond what they find in a textbook.