Tech’s Favorite School Faces Its Biggest Test: the Real World

Tech’s Favorite School Faces Its Biggest Test: the Real World

Date
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Excerpt from the Wired article by Chris Berdik:

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Indeed, despite the buzz around personalized learning, there’s no simple recipe for success, and the common ingredients — such as adaptive-learning technology and student control over learning — can backfire if poorly implemented.

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Even some of personalized learning’s biggest backers admit that it’s easy to get it wrong.

“Folks like Ben [Riley] have a valid point,” said Beth Rabbitt, CEO of The Learning Accelerator, a nonprofit that works to scale up blended and personalized learning. “Personalized learning is easy to bastardize. It’s easy to do it superficially.”

Last August, for instance, the Center on Reinventing Public Education published a brief field report from their ongoing study of personalized-learning initiatives warning that some schools focus on the “iconography” of personalized learning — the technology or the project-based learning — but sacrifice rigor.

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