Student Profile: A Self-Directed Learner Transcript
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a deeper learner from:
New Tech Networks.
Lana Hower: Alright, Hunter, it's all you.
Hunter: Alright, guys. If you're going to use music, please free use music, don't steal. Maybe we could have a workshop on that.
Lana Hower: Okay.
Hunter: On finding free use music.
12th Grade Student
Tech valley High School
Hunter Fortune: My name is Hunter Fortune [ph?]. I am 17 years old. And I go to Tech Valley High School.
Hunter: According to Ms. Hower actually that doesn't seem true.
Lana Hower: No that's right.
Hunter: Okay. Due June 6th. _______ graduated. Ashley [ph?]?
Ashley: We are creating a podcast.
Tech Valley High School
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Lana Hower: He's developed over the years to become more and more well-spoken. He always spoke out, but he wasn't always so well spoken. Now he's really honed his skills.
Hunter: We can make this really good. We can make ________________ be like we got to bring you back.
Hunter: I've learned how to manage a team. I've learned how to teach myself a skill that I don't already know. I've learned how to do so many things from this school.
Hunter: Actually no, I'll make the Google iFolder if you make __________________.
Director for School Quality
New Tech Network
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Paul Curtis: All of our curriculum uses project and problem-based learning. We're trying to turn those content standards that all of us have to teach into meaningful projects so that students see the connection and relevance of what they're learning rather than just memorizing and regurgitating for a test.
Hunter: Cultural experiences I guess?
Hunter: We went on a service trip earlier this year in February to Haiti to plan mango trees in Cormier which is the epicenter of the earthquake.
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Narrator: Tech Valley students will collaborate with our partners in Haiti to design a reforestation project that includes development of the optimal planting strategies, a small volunteer delegation of students and their teacher will travel to Haiti to plant trees side-by-side with the farmers of Cormier and to co-facilitate the forestry training.
Hunter: I know it's very cliché to say but in America we are given so, so much and we really kind of want to relay that feeling to the listeners of this podcast. It was something that we felt very strongly when we were down in Haiti so what we're doing is we're focusing on how that trip influenced us.
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Hunter: I want to throw out a bunch of ideas right now.
Student: Yeah, yeah.
Hunter: So day off, the people, Fritz [ph?].
Hunter: Seeing the way the people lived and even experiencing some of the things that they experience on a daily basis and then coming back to America I was kind of culture shocked. We stopped at a Hess Station, walked in there and there was an abundance of beverages and food. More food than we saw the entire time we were down there. It really gave us an appreciation for what we have.
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Paul Curtis: The community piece is what brings the relevance to the curriculum, that students start to see that what they are learning has a connection beyond just the classroom and beyond state tests or even the classroom exam.
Lana Hower: He's a great kid. He's very ambitious, we've been encouraging him to go to college.
Hunter: I had an internship which was brought upon through a project at Tech Valley which is turning into a job after high school is done so I'm not planning to go to college.
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Lana Hower: We understand why. I mean the job market isn't such that he's going to walk out of college and have a brilliant career, I mean he could, but there's the potential that he couldn't and he really wants to be an entrepreneur.
Hunter: The C.E.O. of the company Ecovative Design has taken the time to sit with me weekly or biweekly to go over my company that I am- I currently own on Flitti and that was another thing that came from the project.
Lana Hower: He's been looking into grand programs to find grants and funding for his projects. He's really ambitious so I have no doubt that he will do just fine.
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Hunter: This school has taught me how to learn rather than just teaching knowledge. Really it's prepared me better than any other place I could have been.
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