The social-media giant and the Summit Charter School network have collaborated to develop software that seeks to tailor lessons to student needs. Over the coming year, 100 schools in 27 states will try the “Basecamp” program.
The California-based charter school network has for years been a darling of digital-education proponents. Since around 2011, Summit has been betting on technology to provide more customized experiences for its students.
In 2014, Tavenner hit it off with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, leading to an unconventional partnership between the charter school organization and the social-networking behemoth around the development of new personalized learning software. And this year will mark the second cohort of Summit’s “Basecamp” program, through which the network hopes to share its model and tools with other schools around the country.
Teachers in high-poverty schools tend to be less confident in their use of technology than their peers working in low-poverty and suburban areas, an exclusive survey by the Education Week Research Center reveals.
Teenagers who took an online makeup course after failing Algebra I had lower scores and grades than peers enrolled in face-to-face classes, according to an analysis by the American Institutes of Research.
Districts are overwhelmingly drawn to Chromebooks because they’re easy to manage, and school leaders tend to have mixed views on “freemium” tech products, said Anton Inglese, the chief financial officer of an Illinois school district.