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Shifting Tactics: Rocketship Will Change its Computer Lab Model

Rocketship Education, a network of charter schools based in California, is changing the way students will use computers in its Learning Labs. Rather than spending chunks of time in computer labs with divided computer stations, students will be using computers in their classrooms, with the help of teachers and aids. “The integration between the classroom … Continue reading Shifting Tactics: Rocketship Will Change its Computer Lab Model →

Will Rocketship Change Its Learning Labs?

Rocketship Schools in the Bay Area have been one of the trailblazers in the ever-changing landscape of blended learning. Located in low-income neighborhoods, the schools’ Learning Labs — where students spend up to 90 minutes a day on computers working on math and literacy software — has been one of its defining characteristics. But this … Continue reading Will Rocketship Change Its Learning Labs? →

What Will Work in New Blended Learning Experiment?

By Katrina Schwartz As the blended learning movement grows in the U.S., schools will need to experiment with what works best in different types of settings. There’s still a lot to learn about different types of blended learning models, and a new nonprofit called Silicon Schools will raise and invest $25 million toward that effort. … Continue reading What Will Work in New Blended Learning Experiment? →

Charter School Network Offers Its Own Data System to All Schools

By Lillian Mongeau As gathering data about student performance becomes a bigger priority in education, schools are faced with different choices on how to capture that data. A slew of tech companies offer a variety of products they’ve developed for schools, but some school districts are creating their own data systems. California-based charter network Aspire … Continue reading Charter School Network Offers Its Own Data System to All Schools →

Combining Computer Games with Classroom Teaching

Rocketship Education, the Bay Area network of charter schools, is poised to grow big and bold in the next few years. Hinging its success on its own brand of hybrid learning — combining online and teacher-guided instruction in a tightly engineered school day — the charter network will grow from five schools open now to … Continue reading Combining Computer Games with Classroom Teaching →

Jeb Bush and Rupert Murdoch Spotlight Ed Tech at SF Event

Reported by Ana Tintocalis Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush says he knows how to fix education in America and he’s convening a national summit in San Francisco today to promote his ideas. Bush formed The Foundation for Excellence in Education after he was termed out of office four years ago. For this week’s event, he’s … Continue reading Jeb Bush and Rupert Murdoch Spotlight Ed Tech at SF Event →

Why Should Schools Invest in Software?

The question keeps coming up: What technology should schools invest their money, time, and effort in? During this fraught time in our economy, the decision to invest in tools like adaptive software and other tech devices is sometimes portrayed as excessive or wasteful. In Sunday’s New York Times, Matt Richtel and Trip Gabriel wrote about … Continue reading Why Should Schools Invest in Software? →

Drowning in Student Data? Two Companies Offer Solutions

By Betsy Corcoran, EdSurge Teachers who want to use technology in the classroom to its best potential typically face a problem dealing with computers that’s weirdly reminiscent of dealing with a roomful of bright but disruptive students: It can be too much of a good thing. With sophisticated high-tech tools comes a deluge of data, … Continue reading Drowning in Student Data? Two Companies Offer Solutions →

Silicon Valley Execs Funnel $3 million into Rocketship

Silicon Valley executives — CEOs and COOs of companies like Netflix, Facebook, and Skype — have funneled $3 million to Rocketship Education this year that will be used to refine its sophisticated software system. The money will be spent to improve four components of Rocketship’s computer software: assessment of students, the way it generates learning … Continue reading Silicon Valley Execs Funnel $3 million into Rocketship →

Five Lessons Learned from a New Charter School

  The Rocketship network of charter Schools in San Jose is fairly new — the first school just opened in 2007. But from an observer’s perspective, a few lessons can be pulled from the way the young network has engineered the design of the school system. Can these ideas be applied to any school, whether … Continue reading Five Lessons Learned from a New Charter School →

How to Keep Good Teachers in the Game

Engaging, motivated teachers are at the heart of every successful school. For schools like Rocketship, where 75% of teachers come from Teach for America, which recruits mostly recent college grads to commit to two years, finding ways to train and keep them becomes that much more of a priority. What’s their strategy? First, they pay … Continue reading How to Keep Good Teachers in the Game →

Rocketship’s Culture: Respectful, Empathetic, and College-Bound

Ask little Peter Cournoyer, a second-grader at Rocketship Mateo Sheedy, what empathy means, and he describes it this way: “It’s when you help someone if they need help or if they get hurt,” he says, (which he’s had to do a few times). Empathy is one of Rocketship’s four “core values,” in addition to respect, … Continue reading Rocketship’s Culture: Respectful, Empathetic, and College-Bound →

Hybrid Learning Comes to Life at Rocketship

Sintia Marquez in Rocketship’s Learning Lab, where she uses adapative technology that moves at her level. When it comes to a student’s education, expectation is everything. What parents and educators expect from each student, and what she expects from herself, has a tremendous effect on how a student fares in school. For Sintia Marquez, a … Continue reading Hybrid Learning Comes to Life at Rocketship →

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