Can Technology Help Teachers Maximize Student Learning?

Image Courtesy of MIT Technology Review
Image Courtesy of MIT Technology Review

Interesting story in MIT Technology Review about AltSchool, and their efforts to determine if data gathering technologies influence the way students learn. The goal is to create highly individualized instruction built on a system that can grow to reach a broad scale. Early results look interesting, but as you might imagine the program is very expensive, and schools featuring AltSchool have tuitions frequently exceeding $20,000. Still, as technology continues to change, perhaps the cost/student will come down. Perhaps some economies of scale can be reached. It would be a shame if the program proves to be successful, and then widens the educational gap between the haves and the have-nots.

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