Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow - Today (ACOT2) is a collaborative project to help high schools get closer to creating the kind of learning environment this generation of students needs, wants, and expects so they will stay in school.
ACOT2 assumes as its starting point that time-honored yet outmoded approaches to education and education reform must be replaced with new and creative ways of thinking about designing learning environments for this generation of students.
With a 30-year history of delivering innovative technology and education solutions, Apple has initiated ACOT2 to articulate and demonstrate powerful design principles focused on improving education in America.
Nearly one in three high school students in America this year will not graduate. Editorial Projects in Education (EPE) Research Center. Diplomas Count: Ready for What? Preparing Students for College, Careers and Life after High School. Education Week, June 2007.
ACOT2 follows in the tradition of Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACOT), a research and development collaboration among public schools, universities, and research agencies that Apple initiated in 1985 and sustained through 1995 with outstanding results. Its goal was to study how the routine use of technology by teachers and students might change teaching and learning. ACOT identified effective models for teaching and learning with technology, developing the professional lives of teachers and diffusing innovation.
The goal of ACOT2 is more targeted: to help high schools get closer to creating the kind of learning environment this generation of students needs, wants, and expects so they will stay in school.
The ACOT2 strategy is to offer a simple approach that focuses on the essential design principles for the 21st century high school-rather than a more prescriptive school reform model. While the design principles themselves are not new, what is new is that the complexity that characterizes most education reform models has been cleared away, enabling immediate action and results.