Philly school comes up big with Apple

Lest you think Philadelphia School District news is all doom and gloom - it's not.  Science Leadership Academy, a Center City magnet high school, reminds us of that today.

SLA Founding Principal Chris Lehmann is in New York today, where Apple is touting that it's "reinvented textbooks" with iBooks 2 for iPad.  They tout the new program as "gorgeous, fullscreen textbooks with interactive animations, diagrams, photos, videos, unrivaled navigation and much more." The books don't have to be returned and they can be updated easily.  Big-name textbook publishers are in - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill and Pearson.  Most books come in at $14.99 or less. 

What's SLA's connection?  It has been an Apple favorite, winning the Apple Distinguished School award multiple times. SLA was also featured recently in a PBS special "Digital Learning in the 21st Century." SLA is a partnership school of the district and the Franklin Institute.

Lehmann, who is nationally known in ed tech circles for innovation and smart thinking, just posted this photo of himself on Instagram.  He's standing next to a quote of his printed on a wall of the Guggenheim Museum, where the Apple announcement was made.  "Wow.  Humbled," he wrote.

Lehmann's quote: "There is no reason to assume that kids have to use the same tools they used back in the 1950s.  In fact to do so is to prepare them for a world that has already passed."