Monday, March 22, 2010

High Tech High Textbook

Summary: A very good student produced textbook.

This textbook was produced by Mr. Dan Wise's 10th grade economics class at High Tech High in San Diego, California. This textbook is very good. In Mr. Wise's class, learning outcomes are project based. In his class of approximately 30 students, every student was engaged in active participation. Classes are long enough to allow students time for inquire and production.

I asked student learners random questions about their work, and each student answered accurately. In this high school, 100% of the students attend college with a wide demographic composition.

Jason Welker produces his student book with a wiki. In both cases, students generate the content and use multimedia to learn. Traditional instructional methods like chalk and talk or sit and get work for some learners. But activity based learning produces indisputable outcomes.

I will post Mr. Wise's video on "Free Riders" after I travel back to Muscatine on Wednesday.
About the Author: Mike Fladlien is an AP Economics teacher from Muscatine High School in Muscatine, IA. He was the ISEA finalist for teacher of the year in 2008. Recently, he was awarded Toyota Teacher of the Month.


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