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Education Elements Partners with Educate Texas in T3IF Initiative

Oct 23, 2012 | posted by Amy Jenkins, General Manager, Strategic Initiatives with Education Elements

Education Elements is proud to partner with Educate Texas in its Texas Teaching, Technology & Innovation Fund, or T3IF, initiative. This exciting initiative seeks to support schools in improving instruction and in creating a culture that supports personalized learning for all students, as well as to eliminate policy barriers to blended learning implementation. Our experience working with 50+ schools across the country has demonstrated that in blended learning classrooms learning is personalized, instruction is differentiated and student achievement is increased. We are passionate about bringing these successes to more classrooms, and we look forward to collaborating with Educate Texas to expand blended learning programs in Texas.

Founded in 2010, Education Elements’ services include:

  • Designing Blended Classrooms: We work with schools across the country and determine the instructional model that will work best for schools
  • Selecting Content Providers: We use our expertise to curate content and help schools determine which online content providers will meet their needs
  • Working with Teachers: We understand the needs of teachers and and provide high quality professional development upfront and throughout the year
  • Hybrid Learning Management System: Our cloud-based technology platform pulls it all together

At a fundamental level, blended classrooms are different from regular classrooms in that they utilize online content and tools as integral aspects of instruction. While there is no single instructional model that will work for every school, below are three foundational models that are good starting points for most schools to begin planning:

  1. Lab Rotation: The lab rotation framework involves modifying the schedule so that students spend a portion of each day in a lab environment with online content and another period each day with the teacher.
  2. Classroom Rotation: The classroom rotation framework puts the learning lab described in the lab rotation model in the classroom. This framework keeps all students in their own classrooms, under the direction of the teacher who knows them and has insight into what students are learning online.
  3. Flex: The flex framework places all students in one large room, each with their own computer and generally an array of smaller rooms on the periphery. Students work independently in online coursework and teachers dynamically identify and pull small groups into breakout rooms to intervene or advance specific topics.

Regardless of the type of model, blended learning involves a number of benefits. First, educators are able to improve the amount and impact of instructional time and to maximize engagement by addressing the needs of every student. Second, educators are able to increase fidelity and responsiveness with frequent, data-driven instructional decisions. Finally, leaders are able to make sound instructional processes sustainable through effective use of technology.

Education Elements is thrilled that Educate Texas is taking on the important work of improving student outcomes through personalization. Educate Texas’s approach, with its focus on seeding innovation in districts across the state, has the potential to change outcomes not only for students in a single school or district, but for students across the entire state of Texas. We look forward to collaborating with the identified districts and their schools to help them achieve their goals, and to add to a growing portfolio of proof points for the state and the nation.

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