March 29, 2010 by Scott McLeod 11 Comments
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Is this school in New York City the future of schooling?
The School of One: Program Overview
(see also the write-ups at Teaching Matters and The Huffington Post)
I tried to dig around the articles enough to see if cost could reasonably be figured out, but had no luck.
The “our team” document has multiple people who serve in non-traditional roles such as project consultants, assessment data managers, portal managers, senior architect, online content manager and the list goes on.
The project also seems to be sponsored by multiple companies.
My point is, that this model is probably very resource-intense. The corporate sponsors can probably only support a small handful of these projects.
I think schools truly want to individualize learning, but lack both the resources to do so, and the ability to break current structures that work against it.
Yes, or something that looks like it.
The facets which are most intriguing to me are 1)the alignment of technology-delivered content and assessment; 2)multiple colleagues working as a team; and 3)the individual strengths of professionals being tapped to accomplish something no one could do alone. We can work toward this ideal now–at this time, in this place at our school.
In a word yes. I think they don’t go quite far enough but it’s probably has far as you can go right now. I don’t see why this model won’t work virtually online. I also think the lesson pool needs to be worldwide. The larger the pool of lessons, the better the chances of customizing the learning for each student.
Quite an inspiring video! Thanks for posting!
“Multiple instructional modalities”? “Lesson bank”??! That’s only a pseudo-school of one. It’s not what individualised education is. It’s still all about somebody who is not the learner arbitrarily determining what “should” be learnt and where and when. That’s a complete waste of the digital revolution’s unlimited potential. The genuine school of one is here: http://www.handschooling.com
This is the way learning will go, but be careful, teachers are fearful and very protective of being the center of the classroom.
If this isn’t “allowed” in the traditional classroom, someone will just take it all online, virtually. We will have to see how it all plays out, but hopefully b&m schools will follow something like this to stay relevant.
The changes proposed will be technologically feasible the challenge would be to get them through the regulatory approval.
I believe that this will be the future of schooling. I do know that some schools here in Alabama have already started implementing a simular version of this in the high schools. I think that it will work and it will be very effectful.
about the cost of the program, taken from http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/22/education/22school.html
“The program cost roughly $1 million to develop for the summer, with two-thirds of the money coming from private donations. In a grant proposal aimed at donors, administrators predict that the cost will grow to $9.1 million in 2010 and $13.3 million in 2012, when the program is expected to be used in 20 schools.”
I think yes, I believe students have different ways of learning and through this, everyone can have the advantage to learn on their preferred ways. I think other institutions should also consider doing this. I’m now deciding if I should risk my time, money and effort on an online MBA. I hope I could find a very effective program that is worthy of the risks that I will make. I appreciate the extreme passion of “The school of One” to offer their students the highest quality of education they could give. Utilizing different learning opportunities may be very effective for their students.
Scalable? Yes but at what cost?
Viable? Let’s hope this type of venture will be successful in getting Corporate America into the realm of public education on a grand scale. Hopefully this is a case of “build it and they will come”.
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