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Rocketship Education Explores How Blended Learning Leaders Choose Edtech Tools

Rocketship Education is a network of non-profit public elementary charter schools. It is the goal of this educational system to eliminate the achievement gap between students. Working in low-income communities their school model creates opportunities for student achievement and develops exceptional educators who work with parents and partners to make it possible for their high-quality schools to thrive in low-income communities.

Edsurge hosted an event, the SF Edtech Meetup, which they titled, ‘How Do Blended Learning Leaders Choose What To Use?’. There were about 150 education enthusiasts who attended the event held at Mission Dolores Academy. Four of the Bay Area kingpins involved with blending learning were present, Michele Dawson, Caryn Voskuil, Carolyn Wilson, and Dan Storz.

Attendees of the event asked questions from which were the favorite tools used by the schools, to what were the most significant frustrations they faced. These questions created informative answers regarding each districts system and what gravitates them towards the choices they make regarding edtech.

Dan Storz, Principle of Mission Dolores Academy, stated Google Apps for Education is one tool they couldn’t live without. Other panelists voiced high praises for Chromebooks as well. Carolyn Wilson, Director of Education at AltSchool, stated her schools liked, Trello, a tool normally used by companies for scheduling purposes and project management.

Storz also listed ST Math as an excellent tool for engaging students and teaching them problem-solving, persistence and grit. He stated this program is much more than just a tool for learning content.

Technology is not something all the adults on this panel grew up with, and they do not always get the tool usage right on the first try. But even through mistakes, they’ve made on choices, there have been lessons learned. One example is the use of iPads and Chromebooks where the interface between the two was not working.

The final question presented at the end of the event was what everyone would do if they had an extra hundred dollars per student? How much of a percentage of that hundred dollars would be spent on technology? The consensus was twenty-five to fifty percent would go to technology while the other fifty percent would go to professional development for teachers.

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This entry was posted on June 28, 2018 by .