Almonte and District High School (ADHS) has placed second in a national contest recognizing innovative teaching practices that engage students and get them excited about school. ADHS recently won a $3,000 Canadian Education Association Ken Spencer Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning for its Living the Start-up program. The program, run through the Grade 11 Interdisciplinary Studies course, allows students to experience a role reversal, advising teachers how to use today’s technology to instruct students in engaging ways. In addition, the course permits students to develop the entrepreneurial skills today’s businesses demand. The class works with representatives of Agile Data Company, a local high-tech start-up. Representatives of Agile visit the class to talk about the challenges of developing a start-up, important skills and attributes such as the need to be creative, project management and other topics. A dozen students are currently identifying new and exciting apps and other technology teachers can use in a variety of subjects including: history apps that give students a virtual tour of Rome, apps to engage special education students, and apps students can use in technology class to design a house.