Introducing PlayPosit's Blended Solution for Schools

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Why school leaders choose PlayPosit

Among the changes in education, there are two particularly pressing forces: Blended learning and Common Core testing.

The Blended model--individualized, differentiated video instruction to complement in-person learning opportunities--has never had more game-changing potential with the ubiquity of tablets and computers, but it is not standardized in implementation, efficacy, and alignment to school needs.

The Common Core State Standards--computer-based summative assessment designed to standardize learning progress across states--are rolling out in most US states this year. They are rigorous and require teachers to deliver new content and students to master a new assessment environment.

Existing Challenges

It’s no surprise that implementing a whole-school, Common Core solution is hard:

  1. 1. School leaders spend a disproportionate amount of time and resources aligning whole-school blended learning approaches with new demanding Common Core criteria.
  2. 2. Teachers have varying degrees of technical comfort and necessitate access to powerful and high-quality resources for building and delivering blended content.
  3. 3. Students require a differentiated learning path with tailored feedback and preparation for Common Core testing.

PlayPosit's Impact

We support school leaders in adopting a cost-effective, impactful blended learning model:

  1. 1. School leaders saved time and money using PlayPosit to serve as a quick-win and accelerate whole-school alignment of blended learning with Common Core.
  2. 2. Teachers receive development training within and throughout PlayPosit, making our platform accessible to all technical levels. PlayPosit empowers teachers to improve their instruction and assessment skills, build on existing Common Core-aligned resources, and further save time with actionable student insights.
  3. 3. Students benefit from an engaging and differentiated, computer-based experience, more meaningful time with their teachers, and informed, personalized feedback.

End-to-end blended learning platform

We support school leaders in implementing a cost-effective, impactful blended learning solution.

Reporting & Support

School leaders receive monthly reports digesting teacher usage, measuring student engagement, and monitoring blended efficacy. Staff receives professional development training on Blended Learning and Common Core as well as benefit from on-call support. All of our human effort is aligned with accelerating whole-school alignment.

Create & Collaborate

The creation process is straight-forward and familiar, designed to mirror a teacher's existing workflow. Either customize one of 30,000 existing plug-n-play PlayPosit lessons or build your own aligned to Common Core. Learn more about the creation process here.

All PlayPosit resources are modularly-designed so each can be customized and enriched in ways specific to students' background interests and learning needs; save time and never start from scratch.

Assess & Plan

Teachers monitor progress in real-time so that they can quickly identify next steps for each students’ learning path: what concepts need reteaching? how will I group students in the next active learning experience? who was confused and who needs remediation?

With these insights and auto-grading, teachers have a better understanding of individual needs and more time to remediate, reteach, and connect with students one-on-one.

Training & Development

PlayPosit is committed to providing teacher support. We help teachers effectively utilize PlayPosit to fit within their existing workflow and focus their energy more efficiently toward student interactions. PlayPosit provides this support via an initial webinar, a unique PlayPosit contact email, and on-going availability in the form of video conferencing or in-person/onsight collaboration.

Additionally, professional development experiences are embedded throughout PlayPosit. By accessing other teachers’ curriculums and lessons, analyzing and utilizing assessment data, and experiencing the micro-PD training units integrated throughout the building, delivery and monitoring processes, teachers improve instructional pedagogy.

Engage & Differentiate

Students prepare for the Common Core computer-based environment through our highly interactive learning environment.

The delivery process is engaging—maintaining a high state of accountability for students via time-embedded formative assessments. Students benefit from a one-to-one experience, which gives them immediate feedback (correcting misconception in the moment) and also grants them control over their learning by allowing them to move at their own differentiated pace, pause, rewind and review.

Why teachers love our platform

"I was up and running in 10 minutes"

0 minutes

Rosters: We have three, zero downtime, “getting started” options:

  1. 1. our team can upload all of your rosters (no email required) and link them to teachers' classes;
  2. 2. students can use a single-sign-on service integration through edmodo or Google; or
  3. 3. students can use our no-signup-required version.

5 minutes

Creation: Teachers begin creating interactive video experiences for their students by

  • • selecting a video they've created and uploaded online,
  • • finding an existing video (like Khan Academy or Bozeman Science) through YouTube, Vimeo, TeacherTube, or Shmoop, or
  • • choosing from more than 350,000 PlayPosit already-made resources!

5 minutes

Customization: Teachers customize, add, and enrich the passive video experience with active, time-linked formative assessments and digital content. Whether you're assessing mastery through a free response question, or further connecting with students through an embedded wiki article or Google Map, PlayPosit's interactive tools bring video to life.

"Irresistibly engaging for students and teachers & elegantly easy to adapt and use"

Using PlayPosit can save teachers 5 hours a week on grading, student performance analysis, and lesson planning. As a result, they can focus their saved time where it counts most—on achieving growth in learning for students through the effective management and execution of blended learning strategies.

What the research shows

Research shows that immediate student feedback adds eight months of extra learning to the school year, effective use of digital technology adds up to four months, and altering the role of teacher from facilitator to change agent triples efficacy.

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Who we are

Developed by Ben as an 8th grade science teacher (Teach For America), PlayPosit has grown into a leading edtech company that improves student outcomes by harnessing the potential of technology. PlayPosit has been discussed in numerous publications including EdSurge, The New York Times, and Washington Post.

We have been honored as a member of the inaugural class of LearnLaunchX. We won the McGraw-Hill Open Education Resource Prize as a finalist at 2014 Milken-Penn GSE Education Competition and then won the 1776 Global Challenge Cup Competition as the best education company internationally, among other awards.

What school leaders are saying

"Teachers at Burlington love using PlayPosit! It’s easy, powerful, and frees up class time so teachers can spend more time collaborating with their students."

Patrick Larkin, Assistant Superintendent Burlington Public Schools, MA

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