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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Technology Integrated Across All Subjects Engages High School Students

Using technology, students at Harrison Central High School in Mississippi monitor their own musical and athletic activities and analyze the data and feedback to improve their performance. Watch an in-depth video on this school.
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Technology Integrated Across All Subjects Engages High School Students (Transcript)

Narrator: Over the past several years, there's been a quiet revolution going on that has transformed Harrison High School's curriculum. In almost every classroom, technology tools are facilitating a new way of learning.

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Narrator: Probes and laptops are used in real world scientific explorations. History lessons are as exciting as game shows.

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Narrator: They even use technology to improve their nationally ranked cheerleading squad.

Student: Like without this stuff, we'd have no idea like how much things have changed in, you know, where we started and where we're at now. It lets people know that they've either been working hard enough or need to work a little bit harder.

Narrator: Data from the cheerleader workouts is given to students in an algebra two class for analysis.

Charlotte: These students are just learning how to graph equations, and instead of just plain graphing numbers, we're graphing real data, so they can have something meaningful for their work.

Student: Right now, I'm tracing myself so I can determine by velocity of the ball.

Narrator: In this physics class, students use video cameras, photo gates and other high tech gadgets to explore the science behind their personal passions.

Teacher: If you consider a minute ago, you went from up there to the floor in a thirtieth of a second. So your acceleration and your average velocity was a lot faster.

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Video Credits

Produced, Written, and Directed by

  • Ken Ellis

Associate Producers:

  • Diane Curtis
  • Leigh Iacobucci

Editor:

  • Karen Sutherland

Camera Crew:

  • Bob Boccaccio
  • Hans van den Bold

Production Assistant:

  • Miwa Yokoyama

Narrator:

  • Susan Blake

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