Teachers Employing High-tech Solutions for Distance Learning

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to protect the safety of its students, staff and the community, Purdue Polytechnic High School has closed both Indianapolis school locations beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, through April 6, 2020. 

“The safety of our students is our number one priority,” said Scott Bess, Purdue Polytechnic High School head of school. “Although our school buildings will be closed, our teachers have designed innovative solutions to deliver education and project-based learning to students in a virtual setting.”

Some of these innovative lessons and experiences include...

Gregg Nowling has been teaching students how to use hand tools to develop prototypes and models in the high school makerspace. To kickoff our eLearning week, Gregg will be joined by a special guest, Hollywood Prop Master, Ken Palkow. For the next few weeks, Nowling will take students on a virtual tour of his home machine shop to demonstrate techniques and tools he uses to create Star Trek and other science fiction props

Megha Juneja is leading a project called Breaking Bread, teaching students about different breads and their cultural significance. Students will receive ingredients to bake bread alongside Juneja during eLearning project time

Ronni Moore is leading a Photojournalism project students have been creating short documentaries of a human rights defender in the Indianapolis area. Documentaries will be entered into the Robert F. Kennedy Speak Truth Video Contest later this month. Coach Moore is scheduling video chats with all student documentarians and providing feedback and coaching on their work so far.

Students will meet with their Personal Learning Coach every morning and every afternoon, just like a normal day at PPHS, to set goals and review progress made throughout the day.