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Transformed by Technology at High Tech High

High Tech High, a network of K-12 public charter schools, uses rigorous projects and online portfolio assessments to revolutionize learning.
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Video Credits

Produced and Directed by

  • Ken Ellis

Written by

  • Carl Bidleman

Coordinating Producer

  • Amy Erin Borovoy


  • Karen Sutherland

Production Assistants

  • Doug Keely
  • Neil Tan

Camera Crew

  • Rob Weller
  • Darren Kawasaki


  • Michael Pritchard

Additional Footage and Stills Courtesy of

  • High Tech High
  • Jay Vavra
  • David Berggren
  • © 2008
  • The George Lucas Educational Foundation
  • All rights reserved.

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Team Teaching: Two Teachers, Three Subjects, One Project
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Adult-World Connections: An Internship with Real Impact for Rescuers
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High Tech, Higher Learning: A School Grows Its Own Teachers
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Taking the Lead: An Interview with Larry Rosenstock
High Tech High's founding principal and CEO speaks about its innovative teaching and learning model.

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Terry Smith's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Great video - I visited High Tech High in November with my educational technology doctoral group from Pepperdine University. I think we were all impressed, especially with the project based orientation of the school. I rely on projects and casual settings and a bit of chaos to create learning situations for my own students, and I was completely amazed to see if functioning like this at the high school level. No bells, flexible time, teachers making important decisions, kids enjoying themselves, and a sense of rigor. -- Terry

Katy Wang's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

It is really inspiring to see high school students committed to their learning and actively working on projects that have real-life implications. I would like to see more of this type of innovative learning opportunity available to wider spectrum of students all through California.

Jeriel Ortiz's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

This one is one of the greatest videos that every school should have a share with the faculty. One of the things that created and impact in myself was the statement from the principal when he said "the main purpose of the technology in his school is for production and not for consumption".

Great Video!

Kyle's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

hello! thanks for your video. nice ideas and interesting point of view. I'm interested in this kind of information on HIgh Tech and will be so much glad to view somenthing new by you. good job! have a nice day

Kate's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Wonderful video on assessments of learning

Andy Chew's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

There is no getting around the fact that technology is here to stay and student are embracing it in all aspects of their lives 24/7. We have long know that students at career technical vocational centers are motivated to learn even though they are not the "brightest" students because they are doing hands-on work and have a purpose in learning. It is practical, useful and something they can relate too. I see that happening in a technical classroom and there is no denying the results. On the other hand, I do think to much technology is also harmful, especially at the early ages when children should be developing their mind rather than sitting in front of a computer and being entertained. Who knows what the long-term effects will be if we are producing a better society of learners and students or not.

cally ramos's picture

We need a school like this everywhere. However, they didn't say how a student qualifies to get accepted to the school. I wonder what the school load is for each student. Great idea, great school.

cally ramos's picture

We need a school like this everywhere. However, they didn't say how a student qualifies to get accepted to the school. I wonder what the school load is for each student. Great idea, great school.

Amy Erin Borovoy (aka VideoAmy)'s picture

[quote]We need a school like this everywhere. However, they didn't say how a student qualifies to get accepted to the school.[/quote]

Good question, Cally.

I found this on the admissions page on HTH's website - it's basically a school of choice, that uses a lottery when they are at maximum capacity:

High Tech High schools endeavor to accommodate all students who apply for admission, however, when applications for admission exceed the number of spaces available, HTH uses a computerized lottery to determine admission. Spaces are allocated to form a student body that reflects the demographics of the region in which the school is located.

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