Middle School: Discovery. Exploration. Owning Their Learning.
SmartLab programs are carefully designed and provisioned for each grade level. Every program element—technology, classroom design, construction kits, curriculum, scope and sequence—works together to meet students where they are and take them as far as they are able.
Middle school SmartLab programs emphasize discovery and exploration. Teams of learners apply a wide range of technologies to project work as they rotate through a carefully crafted sequence of learning engagements. This ensures a broad base of foundational experiences and an ever-changing mix of ideas and inspiration.
SmartLab curriculum provides support where needed while encouraging and nurturing learner autonomy. Underlying principles in each system of technology are explored and learners build connections to core academic content. Tutorials, resource guides and project ideas are provided for every learning engagement.
Middle school SmartLab students are encouraged to choose an appropriate level of challenge, apply their own interests and learning styles, and explore questions of personal relevance. With increased autonomy, learners take more responsibility for their learning.
ePortfolio templates guide learners as they maintain daily learning journals, create project presentations and reflect on their learning.
High School: Pursuing Advanced Knowledge. Building College and Career Connections.
In a high school SmartLab, students explore topics of interest and areas of technology in greater depth. Whether their interests lie in digital media, robotics, software engineering or alternative and renewable energy, the high school SmartLab helps take their learning to the next level.
Learning engagements are challenging and open-ended, often integrating multiple SmartLab technologies. Project objectives increasingly reflect real-world challenges requiring a transdisciplinary academic perspective. Complex objectives often require extended project cycles promoting advanced workplace skills like project planning and time management.
ePortfolio expectations increase with grade level and experience. Project presentations are more extensive and individualized and often utilize advanced digital media.
The SmartLab is an opportunity to make career connections—to explore real-world technologies and to identify a path for college and career success.
“It’s like a gymnasium for critical thinking.”
—Tom Delgado, Principal, Prairie View Middle School