Rocketship

Shifting Tactics: Rocketship Will Change its Computer Lab Model

Shifting Tactics: Rocketship Will Change its Computer Lab Model

| January 22, 2013 | 7 Comments

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 […]

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Will Rocketship Change Its Learning Labs?

Will Rocketship Change Its Learning Labs?

| January 2, 2013 | 4 Comments

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 […]

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What Will Work in New Blended Learning Experiment?

What Will Work in New Blended Learning Experiment?

| October 17, 2012 | 1 Comment

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. […]

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Charter School Network Offers Its Own Data System to All Schools

Charter School Network Offers Its Own Data System to All Schools

| September 11, 2012 | 1 Comment

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 […]

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Combining Computer Games with Classroom Teaching

Combining Computer Games with Classroom Teaching

| January 23, 2012 | 1 Comment

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 […]

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Jeb Bush and Rupert Murdoch Spotlight Ed Tech at SF Event

Jeb Bush and Rupert Murdoch Spotlight Ed Tech at SF Event

| October 13, 2011 | 1 Comment

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 […]

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Why Should Schools Invest in Software?

Why Should Schools Invest in Software?

| October 12, 2011 | 3 Comments

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 […]

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Drowning in Student Data? Two Companies Offer Solutions

Drowning in Student Data? Two Companies Offer Solutions

| October 5, 2011 | 0 Comments

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, […]

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Silicon Valley Execs Funnel $3 million into Rocketship

Silicon Valley Execs Funnel $3 million into Rocketship

| May 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Five Lessons Learned from a New Charter School

Five Lessons Learned from a New Charter School

| May 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

  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 […]

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