Dear High Tech High Families,
In a previous email we outlined HTH's plan for implementing distance learning in the event we did not reopen schools on April 7th. San Diego Unified School District released a press release last night, indicating that they will not be returning on April 6th and will be implementing distance learning for all of their schools through the month of April. We have officially decided that we follow suit and will not return for in person instruction on April 7th.
When HTH teachers return on April 6th, they will spend that week designing and piloting plans for distance learning. We will be reaching out for your thoughts and feedback as we do this work.
We will roll out our approach to distance learning the week of April 13th and you will receive detailed information from your child’s teachers about what to expect going forward. We are asking teachers to plan for their first distance learning module from April 13th - May 8th. Our hope is that by that time, we may be able to return to school, but if that is not the case, we will begin a second module that will run until the end of the year.
Leaders and teachers from across High Tech High have been working to design a framework for distance learning at our schools and create the infrastructure necessary to support that plan. We’ll continue to engage in this work over spring break using your input regarding your technology access to help us craft an approach tailored to our community’s needs.
If your family currently does not have reliable internet access, please see the options that local internet companies are offering as families try to stay informed. Getting Internet Access: Available Plans https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/availableinternetplans.asp
Thank you for your patience and support.
Estimadas HTH familias,
En un correo electrónico anterior, describimos el plan de HTH para implementar el aprendizaje a distancia en caso de que no volviéramos a abrir las escuelas el 7 de abril. El Distrito Escolar Unificado de San Diego lanzó un comunicado de prensa anoche, indicando que no regresarán el 6 de abril y que implementarán el aprendizaje a distancia para todas sus escuelas durante el mes de abril. Hemos decidido oficialmente que hacemos lo mismo y no volveremos para recibir instrucción en persona el 7 de abril.
Cuando los maestros de HTH regresan el 6 de abril, pasarán esa semana diseñando y poniendo a prueba planes para el aprendizaje a distancia. Nos pondremos en contacto para solicitar sus pensamientos y comentarios mientras hacemos este trabajo.
Implementaremos nuestro enfoque de la educación a distancia la semana del 13 de abril y su familia recibirá información detallada de los maestros de su hijo/a sobre qué esperar en el futuro. Estamos pidiendo a los maestros que planifiquen su primer módulo de aprendizaje a distancia para el 13 de abril al 8 de mayo. Nuestra esperanza es que para ese momento, podamos regresar a la escuela, pero si ese no es el caso, comenzaremos un segundo módulo que se ejecutará hasta el final del año escolar.
Los líderes y maestros de High Tech High han estado trabajando para diseñar un marco de referencia para el aprendizaje a distancia en nuestras escuelas y crear la infraestructura necesaria para apoyar ese plan. Continuaremos participando en este trabajo durante las vacaciones de primavera, utilizando su aportación con respecto a su acceso a la tecnología para ayudarnos a diseñar un enfoque adaptado a las necesidades de nuestra comunidad.
Si su familia actualmente no tiene acceso confiable a internet, vea las opciones que las compañías locales de internet ofrecen mientras las familias intentan mantenerse informadas. Obtención de acceso a Internet: planes disponibles https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/availableinternetplans.asp
Gracias por su paciencia y apoyo. Please visit our COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Updates page for all developments. - updated March 24, 2020 Food Service Sites Open During School Closures
In this project, which was collaboratively designed by both students and teachers, students learned about current trends in education and created their dream universities of the future. The products we created for this project were a website, brochure, shield and model of our university. Students used various web hosts to design their websites, the brochures were designed in Photoshop and the shields and models were created using a laser cutter.
At the start of the project, we visited several college campuses, learned about college requirements, met with and interviewed both college students and professors and learned about different schools across the U.S. Students then worked in groups of four to design their own dream university of the future. The groups determined what type of university it would be, what majors would be offered, the cost of tuition, and where it would be located. They used their knowledge of scaling and ratios to create a map of their school’s campus, wrote mission statements and design principles, and designed logos and websites. At our exhibition, we held a college fair where guests learned about each of the different schools that were created and determined which they would be most interested in applying to.
- What will universities look like in the future?
- What types of universities would best suit future learners?
- What type of university would best suit me?
- Informative writing skills;
- Rates/ratios and scaling;
- Writing personal statements;
- Adobe Photoshop;
- Adobe Illustrator;
- Web design;
- Brochure design;
- Collaboration/group work skills;
- Understanding of college application process and student life
Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Internet access, Laser Cutter, Wood
The whole project was completed in three months, with about an hour and a half each day dedicated to project work time.
|Weeks 1 & 2
||● Students complete College 101 Webquest
● Visit local universities and interview students and professors
● Complete 1st draft of personal statements
|Weeks 3 & 4
||● Complete 2nd and 3rd drafts of personal statements
● Form groups and begin designing structure of schools
● Design logo for school
● Write mission statements
|Weeks 5 & 6
||● Create campus maps that are to scale
● Begin designing website
|Weeks 7 & 8
||● Complete website
● Begin building model of campus
|Weeks 9 & 10
||● Design brochures
● Complete campus model
|Weeks 11 & 12
||● Design shields
● Prepare for exhibition
“Throughout the project I have learned many things, including how to use Weebly as an asset and learning to participate in consensus discussions. The fact that the universities of the future don’t have huge libraries filled to the brim with books, will probably have classes online, and that universities of the future will be far more diverse in student population. While preparing to go in deeper, we made our own personal statements– teaching us all about how students have to go about applying to college.” – Kyna Airriess (2014)
“I learned a lot about college campuses and how everything is placed. I also learned a lot about architecture, site plans, and blueprints. I learned more about working in a group and how to collaborate and communicate better. Working in groups also taught me how to split work more evenly among everybody. The last thing it taught me is that anybody can make their own project, they just need to be a hard worker and have a desire to learn.” – Nadia Gloag (2014)