Partnership with East Lab at Dardanelle HighPosted: October 8, 2011
Great news, folks! We’re going to be working with the EAST lab classes at Dardanelle High School to help with community research and oral history interviews. We’ll also be helping out with the audio/visual workshops next semester. More news and details coming soon.
If you are unfamiliar with the EAST national innitiave, here’s a quick overview from their webpage:
What is EAST?
The EAST Initiative is a nonprofit organization that provides new ways of learning for modern students.
The EAST model of education features student-driven service projects accomplished with the latest in technology. EAST classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art workstations, servers, software, and accessories, including GPS/GIS mapping tools, architectural and CAD design software, 3D animation suites, and much more. Students find problems in their local communities, and then use these tools to solve them.
EAST’s focus, however, is not on technology itself, but on the unique learning environment of the EAST classroom. In EAST, students are responsible for creating their own lesson plans. There are no lectures and no tests; instead, the students are guided by an EAST facilitator (a teacher trained in the EAST process). This radically different approach to learning yields tremendous results. Students are better-prepared for both college and the business world, and they care more about learning and serving their communities.
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