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Adding to the mix and the day’s Education theme, the innovator behind School of One, Joel Rose, got up and told us the story of how it came to be.
Watch this 3 minute video.
The core ideas behind School of One embody the optimism and a zeal found in the web community today, where every field of study and line of work is open for re-interpretation and disruption, if only momentarily. They are also starting off in the right by first framing a problem – which is where all good transformations need to start – and they are scaling it up slowly, learning from their steps along the way. The program is starting out in just a few schools and only in portions of those schools. And even within this limited test, they are only trying this out on math.
School of One is a way of organizing a school differently. First, we provide instruction based on exactly where a student happens to be academically and let him move at his own pace. So the seventh-grader who missed a few sixth-grade skills begins where he left off the previous year, learning those sixth-grade skills. Second, we complement live, teacher-led instruction with other forms of instruction—we use different types of software, virtual tutors, small group activities, and independent activities all at the same time. Finally, we use technology to integrate all of these forms of instruction so that each student has a unique schedule each day based on how he did the previous day. We project that schedule onto monitors around the room in a way similar to the information you might see at the airport, which helps students know where to go at different times. Because we use all of these tools, we’re able to personalize instruction based on what a student needs and based on how they learn best.