The School of the Future: Automated Classrooms? (Part 1)

This is the first of a 3 part blog series on automation in education, this post discussing the use of algorithms in education. Made me think of the little fuzz that happened when Facebook released it’s “Year in review” app-campaign. The algorithm wasn’t human enough… Check here.

Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

Technological fantasies of the future school have been around for decades. Here’s one from 1910. Note all of the information going into students’ heads comes from textbooks fed into a wood chipper.

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Or another from 1963 cartoon called “The Jetsons.”

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Or this one in 1982 predicting that the future school will be monopolized by the then dominant company Atari.

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And then “Meet The Classroom of the Future” in 2015 at David Boody Intermediate School (IS 228) in New York City.

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Modeled after the School of One, an  innovative program that began in New York City a few years ago, sixth-to-eighth grade students work at their individual skill levels based on data collected from state and  school tests, diagnostic assessments, and past performance. From this data bank, software installed on laptops presents individual lessons tailored for each student to work through on the screen daily. These individual lessons become…

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