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October 23, 2014

The failures of top-down reforms are evident in many urban district–but so is the promise of organic, from the edges, outside-in innovation. Over the last three years, the explosion of mobile learning apps and the drop in device prices has resulted in hundreds of thousands of classrooms that blend online and face-to-face learning in American schools. Teachers are using new tools to engage students and extend learning.

“The real power of what we have going on in Rhode Island is that it’s all grassroots and driven from the educator side of things,” said Shawn Rubin, “We don’t yet have a strong startup community here, but our educators love to collaborate around new ideas and test and tinker in any corner of the state that they can.”

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