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A Technology Turnaround

February 19, 2015

In 2012, Revere High School in Massachusetts was among the worst performing in the state. The principal and administration needed a solution, and decided to overhaul the school’s entire educational system with technology.

To create the change the school needed, educators at Revere needed to do more than just introduce technology- they needed to use it strategically.  In addition to adopting a blended learning model, the school also flipped its classrooms, creating more time for inquiry-based assignments  that reinforced not only their understanding of subjects but also the skills of collaborating, delivering information, leading discussions, and presenting to groups.

To support the new blended learning environment of the classrooms, Revere also adopted a 1:1 iPad program, and remodeled its library to offer broadband capabilities and a “Genius Bar”, where students could earn internship credit by working one-hour shifts providing their peers and teachers with technical help with their iPads. This allowed students to take responsibility for the technology, gain valuable skills, and work together to solve problems.

Thanks to the school’s 1:1 iPad program, teachers had 24-hour access to Schoology, an online hub for posting lectures, videos, and assignments. This allowed them to access and work on their material at any time, from any location.

The efforts paid off – in only two years, Revere’s attendance rate beat both the district and state averages, and students outscored the state average on the end-of-year state assessments. The same year, Revere won the 2014 High School Gold Award at the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) conference in San Diego, and ranked Silver on U.S. News & World Report’s survey of the best high schools in the US.