HundrED Ambassador-in-Focus: Andrew Biggs
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a social studies facilitator at New Technology High School in Napa, California. I’m also a school culture advocate and authentic proselytizer of project-based learning. I’m committed to supporting my students in solving big, authentic, real-world problems in the classroom and I do my best to stay out of their way!
Why did you want to become a HundrED Ambassador?
I was lucky enough to attend the 2017 HundrED Innovation Summit as a co-Innovator of the New Technology High School Digital Portfolios, and I was absolutely amazed by all of the awesome things people around the world are doing. I fell in love with HundrED’s mission and was immediately inspired to find a way to help achieve their goal of spreading educational innovations around the world. I am excited to be a HundrED Ambassador because I believe that there are many amazing innovations that have yet to be discovered, and all students deserve to benefit from them.
Why should we change our schools?
The traditional educational model is very finely tuned to train students to be a part of an economy that no longer exists. The injection of facts, the development of little more than basic skills, and the emphasis on raw compliance really only makes sense in a world without machines that can perform simple tasks and process information faster than any human. Success in the modern and near-future economy will depend much more on skills in design, critical analysis, presentation, metacognition and resilience. If schools aren't helping students build the skills necessary to be successful, what good are they?
Why is innovation in education crucial today?
Educating the next generation for a world economy driven by innovation inherently has to be innovative. The only way that an outdated system can be adapted to meet modern needs is by designing and testing data-driven strategies that have never before been attempted. If we want to have students compete in an economy that incentivizes and rewards better, faster and more creative solutions, it is vital that we, as teachers, set an example for students.
Three HundrED innovations you love.
Project DEFY is a brilliant and affordable way to leverage human curiosity.
Snail-Based Learning changed the way I thought about PBL project rollouts.
The implications of Lyfta for interactive learning are incredible!
How can others contact you?
Send me an email!