Students' tech skills help schools do more

Today, Microsoft Corp. and the Corporation for National and Community Service announced six schools have been selected to participate in the Service & Technology Academic Resource Team (START). The initiative recognizes the leadership shown by students and teachers in schools across America who are working together in meaningful ways to revitalize learning, schools and communities through the use of technology.

The selected schools will receive grants and serve as national laboratory sites and as examples of how schools can integrate service-learning and technology into the classroom. The schools will present their scalable best practices today for Karen Cator, director of Education Technology for the U.S. Department of Education.

The selected START schools are the following:

Winston Churchill Middle School, Carmichael, Calif.

Lower Eastside PS 515, New York, N.Y.

East Garner Magnet Middle School, Garner, N.C

Parkway West High School, Philadelphia, Pa.

Forest Park High School, Woodbridge, Va.

Videos from each of the schools that give details about their projects are available at http://vimeo.com/groups/31547.

Jeff Darrow, technology teacher of Winston Churchill Middle School, explains how it works in his school:

or watch the video online here

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