Charter schools Green technology

Village GreenVillage Green Virtual Charter School opened in Providence in September of 2013. Starting with grades 9 and 10 in the first year, the school will grow to grades 9 through 12 in year three. The school is the first of its kind in Rhode Island; a high school which uses a “blended learning” model of on-line curriculum and in-classroom teaching. Students are in "workshop" working with teachers about 40% of the time and on-line or in advisory and reading groups the other 60%. Teachers at Village Green work with students when there is a skill or strategy that cannot be mastered in the on-line curriculum. The major goal of the “bricks and mortar virtual school” is that teachers are freed from designing and assessing lessons and can turn their attention to targeting the learning needs of each student. Our school’s design places students in classes when there is a skill or strategy they need to master.

Teachers specialize in data analysis and skill gap intervention and students learn at their own pace in a very technology rich environment.Village Green For this reason, no day at Village Green is routine; students will work on some subjects longer than others if they need to and teachers will work with different groups of students depending on which students need to learn the same skill at that point in their lessons.

The use of time should be a variable, not a constant, and Village Green uses time productively and creatively. Time should also not dictate the structure of student learning. If an English lesson takes two hours to complete on a given day, and a science lesson takes a half hour to complete, then why should a bell schedule allow only one hour each? 100 years ago we built schools where teachers taught for an hour and a bell would signal the end of the lesson, why should we teach that way today? Village Green understands that the students of today need a new way of doing business.


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What are some original ways of becoming green using technology in schools

Rather than passing out papers assignments can be downloaded from school websites and then submitted electronically. Likewise, tests can be taken online and instantly submitted (not to mention graded). Rather than purchasing books, notes for the class can be posted on a teachers web page. There are limitless possibilities.

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What is a good activity to teach middle school students about green technology?

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You can do anything from making little wind mills to making solar powered race cars. The equipment will vary for anything you do, but there are "Mechatronic" books in any Borders, that include equipment you need to pick up (at a Radio Shack) for such activities.
edit: Have them work in teams to half, or quarter the amount of supplies needed. (and you can team your most scientific minded kids with those less academically inclined)