This blog is a place for educators to share their experiences piloting new platforms in their Jewish day schools. These platforms, Summit Learning and AltSchool offer web-based management systems that purports to make learning more personalized, skills-based and self-motivated. Many schools are seeking to learn more about these and similar tools, not only from the company’s marketing materials but from the real experiences of fellow-educators working in comparable environments. We hope this blog will provide genuine, field-tested information that other schools will find helpful as they navigate the decision-making process, as well as the implementation process, should they choose to pilot one of these platforms.

For the blogger-educators who are sharing their experience, this blog provides an opportunity to reflect on what they are learning as they navigate a new teaching platform. In what ways must the role of a teacher change as the classroom evolves? What are the challenges of using such a platform and how is the school addressing those challenges as they arise? What are the pros and cons as pertains to student learning? These questions and more will be addressed here.

Each school involved in the project has selected a project documentarian who will blog regularly, openly and reflectively. This is their platform to share their experiences, not with any lens of marketing the program nor shining a light on their own school. We hope this will be of benefit and invite you to engage in discussion by commenting on posts.

Schools, Platforms, and Project Documentarians