Alec is the editor of High Tech High Unboxed, which is the place where High Tech High shares what it knows, thinks and dreams of. Specifically, it’s an online collection of podcasts, videos, and articles, and a semi-annual hard-copy journal.
Alec taught humanities for five years, first at High Tech High North County, then at High Tech High Chula Vista. As part of the projects Alec has designed, his students have produced podcasts about California’s state Propositions and plays about wrongfully convicted inmates. One year, students designed and ran a simulation in which audience members took on the roles of Syrian citizens forced to leave and seek refuge in another country. In partnership with biology teacher Matt Leader, Alec led 45 11th graders who became the first large group ever to walk the entire San Dieguito Coast-to-Crest trail, a total of 72 miles.
You can learn more about Alec’s projects on his Digital Portfolio, here. Prior to joining High Tech High, Alec worked at the Innovation Unit in London, England, where he wrote Work that Matters: The Teacher’s Guide to Project-based Learning. Alec first became interested in project-based learning when he was doing his Ph.D. at the University of Sheffield, and designed a program that trained undergraduates to record and transcribe oral history interviews for the British Library’s Theatre Archive Project.