To eliminate the achievement gap in our lifetime, Rocketship continues to rethink what elementary schools could look and feel like. We continue to innovate and further personalize the learning experience for our Rocketeers, whether it’s whole-class instruction or individualized lessons using technology. Over the last eight years, our approach has evolved and this year is no different. Rocketship’s personalized learning team will pilot a number of programs to further refine our approach to meet the unique needs of each student. Our scientifically designed pilots will range from small ones testing specific areas to larger ones exploring large questions and critical ideas. Below, I describe a few of the primary pilots we’re planning. Though we’re still in the development stages, we’re excited to share our vision for what personalized learning can become at our schools. Continue reading
No tech? No problem. Even if you’re teaching in a low-tech school, chances are your students know the basics of popular social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. As an ELA teacher looking to engage struggling and reluctant readers, I have been able to use modified versions of social media in the classroom without any technology at all.
This week, students all over the world will participate in coding games and tutorials to build knowledge of and participation in computer science. The Hour of Code is put on by Code.org, a non-profit dedicated to spreading awareness of computer science. Their goals are to increase availability of computer science content in schools and participation of women and historically underserved student populations in the content. Code.org believes (as does Rocketship!) that computer science and programming should be part of the core curriculum, alongside other STEM content. Continue reading