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Teaching the Digital Generation

No More Cookie-Cutter High Schools
By: Frank S. Kelly, Ted McCain, Ian Jukes

Foreword by Michael Hinojosa

Discover options for instruction and school design that reflect the needs of 21st-century students!

This visionary resource shows how traditional industrial-type high schools have failed to meet students' learning needs and explores ten alternative models for teaching secondary students in a digital world. Combining curriculum and instruction with facilities planning, this book offers five critical considerations: 

  • What should instruction and learning look like in a 21st-century school? 
  • How can technology foster this kind of learning? 
  • What noninstructional components are required? 
  • How can time be used differently to support our vision? 
  • How can new facility design turn this vision into reality?

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12, Secondary
  • ISBN: 9781412939270
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2008
  • Page Count: 280
  • Publication date: September 17, 2008

Price: $43.95



"This might well be THE contemporary manual for effective education reform. In a world where the future is now, schools are falling behind. It is a lag we can no longer afford."
—Sean M. Nosek, Principal
Westview Secondary School, Maple Ridge, BC, Canada

"This is the most important book about high schools since Breaking Ranks for school facilities planners."
—David E. Anstrand, Principal, Education Environment Planning Consultants
Board Member, Council of Educational Facility Planners International

Discover options for instruction and school design that reflect the needs of 21st-century students!

Preparing students to meet the demands of a constantly changing, technology-driven environment presents today's educators with unique challenges. This innovative resource demonstrates how traditional, industrial-type high schools have become outdated and helps school leaders plan facilities and curriculum in ways that benefit students' academic development and performance.

Teaching the Digital Generation examines how educators can address the learning needs of secondary students immersed in a digital world by designing and implementing new instructional models and technology infrastructure. The authors explore ten alternative high school models that address 21st-century skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and digital literacy, and pose five critical considerations:

  • What should instruction and learning look like in a 21st-century school?
  • How can technology foster this kind of learning?
  • What noninstructional components are required?
  • How can time be used differently to support our vision?
  • How can new facility design turn this vision into reality?

Incorporating issues of facility design with curriculum and instructional planning, the authors offer educational leaders a new vision for schools.

Key features

- Contains multiple models for design and redesign of high schools.

- Merges best practices in how students learn with best physical elements to encourage student-centered learning environments that promote higher order, critical thinking, creativity, and other 21st Century skills.

- Takes high schools into the new generation of learners who learn beyond the confines of space and time.



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Frank S. Kelly

An architect, Frank S. Kelly is senior vice president and director of planning/programming for the SHW Group, an architectural, planning, and engineering firm focused on architecture for education. SHW’s practice extends across much of the country, with offices in Texas, Michigan, and Virginia.

Kelly taught design in the School of Architecture at the University of Tennessee and has worked with architectural classes at both Texas A&M and Rice University. With particular interest in the relationship between instruction and facilities, much of his architectural experience has focused on the planning, programming, and design of K-12 schools. He frequently lectures at school conferences related to instruction and has written a number of articles for education journals. His projects have been recognized by design awards from the architectural profession and educational organizations. In 1984, he was elected to the American Institute of Architect’s College of Fellows for his work in design.

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Ted McCain

Ted McCain is coordinator of instructional technology for Maple Ridge Secondary School in Vancouver, BC. He also has taught computer networking, graphic design, and desktop publishing for Okanagan College, Kelowna, BC. He is the author of six books on the future, effective teaching, educational technology, and graphic design. In 1997, McCain received the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence for his work in developing a real-world technology curriculum that prepares students for employment in technology directly out of high school. For the past twenty years, McCain has done consulting work for businesses and school districts on effective teaching for the digital generation and the implementation of instructional technology. His clients have included Apple Computer, Microsoft, Aldus, and Toyota, as well as many school districts and educational associations in both the United States and Canada. He is passionate in his belief that schools must change so that they can effectively prepare students for the rest of their lives.
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Ian Jukes

Ian Jukes has been a teacher, an administrator, writer, consultant, university instructor, and keynote speaker. He is the director of the InfoSavvy Group, an international consulting group that provides leadership and program development in the areas of assessment and evaluation, strategic alignment, curriculum design and publication, professional development, planning, change management, hardware and software acquisition, information services, customized research, media services, and online training as well as conference keynotes and workshop presentations. Over the past 10 years, Jukes has worked with clients in more than 40 countries and made more than 7,000 presentations, typically speaking to between 300,000 and 350,000 people a year. His Committed Sardine Blog is read by more than 78,000 people in 75 countries.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Michael Hinojosa


About the Authors


Part 1

1. Schools Must Change

2. Changing the Process of Designing Schools

3. No More Cookie-Cutter Schools

Part 2

4. Models for High Schools

5. Industrial Age High Schools: Schools for a World That No Longer Exists

6. Academies

7. Instructional Centers

8. Academic Focus

9. Learning Labs

10. Self-Directed Learning

11. Time - Less + More

12. Individualized Instruction

13. Cyber Schools

14. Diverse Learning Communities

15. Diverse High Schools: No More Cookie-Cutter High Schools



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