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ERIC Number: ED568676
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Connecting Ed & Tech: Partnering to Drive Student Outcomes
Arnett, Thomas
Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation
All too often, the connection between teachers and technology falls flat. Pioneering schools and educators search for technology to support new instructional models, only to find that existing options do not align with their evolving classroom practices. This case study describes how Leadership Public Schools (LPS), a charter school management organization that operates high schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Gooru, a nonprofit edtech company, co-developed a technology to support LPS's personalized learning model and improve student outcomes. Prior to the partnership, both organizations were trying to find better ways to expand the impact of their personalized learning efforts. LPS had developed a successful personalized learning model, but had found it difficult to scale the teacher-developed technology that supported the model beyond its original pilot classrooms. Meanwhile, Gooru had experienced slower-than-expected adoption of its platform because it was not adequately addressing teachers' use cases. Over the course of a year, the two organizations worked together to redesign Gooru's technology to align with LPS's instructional model. Four critical elements enabled their successful partnership: (1) Teaching practices guided the technology; (2) Teams fostered intensive collaboration and a shared language; (3) LPS tested design assumptions in its classrooms; and (4) Both organizations had business models that prioritized the partnership. The following are appended: (1) Technology Comparisons; and (2) Updates to Gooru.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation
Identifiers - Location: California (San Francisco)