Monday, May 4, 2015

Inside the School Silicon Valley Thinks Will Save Education

An excerpt from the article by Issie Lapowsky:
About 40 percent of AltSchool students receive some form of financial aid, but any school where 60 percent of families can afford to pay $21,000 per year in tuition still qualifies AltSchool as a haven for the affluent in a country where more than half of public school students qualify for free or reduced price lunches. Meanwhile, rich and poor school students are more segregated today nationwide than the rest of the U.S. population as a whole. As this gulf grows, so does the difference between the challenges that schools face at either end of the spectrum.

As a senior research fellow at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, Larry Miller has studied the impact of personalized learning in public schools. He says, that public schools tend to see even more dramatic benefits from the proper implementation of this technology, because they have larger class sizes to begin with. “If you can take a third of the class or half the class and put them on technology for a couple hours a day, that frees up the teachers from doing frontal instruction all day and allows them to do small group instruction or even one-on-one tutoring with time they didn’t have before,” he says.

“There’s the potential for kids, if it’s used well, to learn a lot more than they used to.”

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