EdTechRI bridges the gap between educators and entrepreneurs to foster collaboration and partnerships in bringing innovative educational technology into the classroom. By connecting directly with educators, companies are able to receive valuable feedback from the field and adapt their products to actual classroom settings. By working with companies, teachers are able to experiment with new practices and routines supported by next generation products.
Our monthly convenings of educators and entrepreneurs focuses beyond business plans or test scores. The goal of all participants is to enhance student learning by developing user-friendly and effective software innovations.
Blended learning requires both savvy educators and software that is well designed and suited to support classroom teachers at scale. Rhode Island is one of eight testbed sites funded by the Gates Foundation to test blended learning products in classrooms using a short-cycle research model. The goal is to design a process by which edtech companies and district purchasers can receive feedback from edtech trials lasting between 10 and 20 weeks, rather than the traditional two-year studies that currently exist.
Through our testbed initiative, the Institute seeks to expand our current ecosystems of blended learning teachers, leaders, and classrooms - as well as our network of high quality software developers and entrepreneurs.