The new tool helps teachers fit ThinkCERCA lessons into multiple classroom environments to personalize student learning
(CHICAGO) January 17, 2017 —ThinkCERCA, a leading provider of personalized literacy solutions, today announced the launch of its new Classroom Planning Tool, aimed at helping teachers customize and adapt classrooms into blended learning environments that create truly personalized learning experiences for students. The Planning Tool assists educators in setting up blended implementations that are aligned to their school’s level of technology access, schedule, and instructional plan,offering a variety of learning models to fit the needs of every classroom.
Teachers begin by searching for a model based on their school’s level of technology access and time constraints. The platform then generates a selection of robust classroom models, which include station-based rotations, leveled groups, responses to intervention, and many more. Once educators select a lesson model, they are provided with a suggested schedule for completing a differentiated lesson set, step-by-step instructions for incorporating ThinkCERCA into the classroom, classroom setup suggestions, and even advice for customizing each model.
“Technology alone cannot ensure that our students are engaging in complex cognitive tasks, receiving personalized feedback from teachers, and discussing and debating with their peers. The spaces we create inside schools play a critical role in student achievement,” said Eileen Murphy Buckley, the founder and CEO of ThinkCERCA.“With this Planning Tool, teachers can easily create environments that help them facilitate true learning and critical thinking inside the classroom with ThinkCERCA.”
ThinkCERCA’s Applied Reading & Writing lessons were designed around research-based best practices such as differentiation and peer-to-peer discussion. The Planning Tool allows educators to seamlessly incorporate ThinkCERCA usage into their classrooms while staying focused on the classroom activities and practices that lead to student growth.
ThinkCERCA’s personalized literacy platform helps educators teach critical thinking skills through argumentative writing. With students and teachers using its platform in all 50 states and 130 countries, the company has partnered with prominent leaders in education, including Follett Corporation, and has been featured by The Atlantic and EdSurge. In a recent controlled study of 26 ed-tech tools by LEAP Innovations, ThinkCERCA was proven to help students achieve two years of academic growth per year on average. A 2016 SIAA CODiE Awards finalist in the Best Learning Capacity-Building Solution and Best Reading/English/Language Arts Instructional Solution categories, ThinkCERCA has also been named one of the best tools in ed tech by Common Sense’s Graphite. In July 2013, ThinkCERCA was the recipient of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Literacy Courseware Challenge grant, and in December 2012, graduated from the inaugural class of Impact Engine’s social impact accelerator. To learn more, please visit ThinkCERCA.com.
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