Public Learning Media Laboratory, Inc. Presentation


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The Public Learning Media Laboratory, Inc., PLML, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Cambridge, MA.

Our vision for change is that the process of teaching and learning would be more productive if educators could work with students who fully understood key educational skills and concepts. If students were better prepared, educators would have the ability to do what they do best: work more with students who need critical personal support, or share their expertise and excitement by extending teaching into new areas.

The Public Learning Media Laboratory is designed to transform the production and delivery of educational technologies to teachers and learners, and to greatly improve educational outcomes for all students.

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Public Learning Media Laboratory, Inc. Presentation

  1. 1. Educa&on

  2. 2. Synopsis  •  The Educa1onal Challenge  •  Our Solu1on   •  Some Examples  •  Our Model and Organiza1on  •  Join Us in Educa1on Reform  September 8, 2009 
  3. 3. How much 1me do they have?  School 1me in the United States is about 700 hours, on  average, in 2009.   The number of hours that kids are in school has increased  only slightly since 1950. It is not enough.   Academic learning 1me is just a fac1on of school 1me.  Source: Silva, E. 2005. “On the Clock: Rethinking the Way Schools Use Time”  September 8, 2009 
  4. 4. Reform solu1ons focus on…  •  Expanded learning 1me  •  Longer class day, week, year  •  Professionaliza1on of teaching  o  Increased hiring standards  o  Higher pay  o  Increased professional development  •  More challenging curriculum/standards  September 8, 2009 
  5. 5. Our Solu1on  A Different Tack: Increase Learning Productivity… … by providing educational organizations, educators and students with free, high-quality tools that support more efficient instruction and learning. Our approach is compatible with other approaches, and can be incorporated into any school with basic technology access. September 8, 2009 
  6. 6. Our Theory of Change  Educa1onal  Content  Provides space for  Taught more  deeper instruc1on  efficiently  and extension  Student outcomes will improve if educators and institutions continuously deliver highly efficient instruction. 9/8/09 
  7. 7. Our theory …  •  Supports improvement at all grade levels  •  Supports instruc1on in related skills   •  Supports mul1ple instruc1onal methods  •  Supports basic feedback and instruc1on  •  Provides learners with accessible, inexpensive,  high‐quality technologies  September 8, 2009 
  8. 8. The Tools  To deliver on our promise, we develop cogni1ve  supports.   A cogni1ve support:  • Targets a specific skill/learning goal   • Provides high and low support contexts  • Helps learners focus on essen1al content and ideas  • Scaffolds a learner toward self‐sufficiency  September 8, 2009 
  9. 9. The Tools  • Are free • Are user friendly • Require little or no training • Are highly accessible, flexible and visible • Can be used at home, in the classroom, etc • Can be projected, group-shared, or used individually September 8, 2009 
  10. 10. Examples of our Tools  •  Boolify  •  Glean  •  Mul1plica1on Tool  September 8, 2009 
  11. 11. Boolify  9/8/09 
  12. 12. Glean  9/8/09 
  13. 13. Mul1plica1on  9/8/09 
  14. 14. Our Model  Lead in  Educa1on  Technology  Innova1on  Apply exper1se  Apply support  in rela1onships  to drive new  with other  Innova1on  educa1onal  organiza1ons  September 8, 2009 
  15. 15. Our Team  •  Dave Crusoe & Robert Sibley, Co‐Founders  •  Dr. Terrence W. Rogers & Dr. Amela Sadagic,  Founding Board Members  •  Summer interns (marke1ng, development)  •  Addi1onal Board Members in discussion  •  Educa1on content advisory panel (volunteers)  •  Strategic organiza1on advisory panel (volunteers)  September 8, 2009 
  16. 16. Timeline: 2009‐10  2nd and 3rd  Quarter 2010:  Begin to scale  opera1on to  4th Quarter 2009:  produce 3‐5  Release first Math‐ technologies  related tools  consecu1vely  1st Quarter 2010:  4th Quarter 2010:  Con1nue to  Increase scaling  emphasize Math,  and begin 1st  geography  teaching tools   9/8/09 
  17. 17. Opportuni1es for Collabora1on  •  Send us your ideas, if you are an educator. We  turn ideas into technologies.   •  Consult with us, if you are an educa1onal  organiza1on. We are expert educa1onal  technology producers and inventors. We invent  and rapidly deploy inexpensive technological  solu1ons to your educa1onal challenges.  •  Volunteer with us, if you are a PHP/LAMP  developer or graphic designer.   September 8, 2009