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In New York: K-12 Students Receive Customized Lesson Plans via Laptop

Neil O’Brien writes in The Telegraph about an experimental k-12 education program in New York called “School of One.” The program creates a customized lesson “playlist” for each student, which the student follows throughout the day, and then tests the student on what he or she has learned at the end of the day. Based on this test, the program then calculates a lesson plan for the next day. Customization to students’ learning pace is the program’s main advantage:

The problem is that bright pupils don’t want to be seen as swots, so stop putting their hands up. Meanwhile, children who are falling behind become discouraged, and tune out. Tailor-made education could change this. It’s rather like the difference between a radio and an iPod: one serves up the same thing to everyone, while the other gives you exactly what you want.

Students using “School of One” receive feedback more frequently than they would in a regular classroom. Also, in many cases, the lessons themselves tend to be more interesting:

[...] some being used in New York resembles video games, with children solving equations to race each other through mazes. Pupils can also get remote lessons from specialists, or watch lectures from all over the world. Your physics teacher might be good – but Brian Cox might be even better. And an ability to access all these resources frees up teachers to spend more time with individual pupils.

- WA

View the full article here.

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