One Child at a Time: Custom Learning in the Digital Age

Imagine you’re at a dinner party. Someone mentions Crazy Horse and you think, “Who was Crazy Horse again?”

So you whip out your Smartphone and you look it up. (Crazy Horse was the Lakota leader who took up arms against the United States government and won the Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876.)

If you’re a student at an American public school, you probably don’t have the option of looking up the answer on a Smartphone or a computer. To answer the question you’d probably use a textbook, ask your teacher — or wait until you got home to use the computer there. While the Internet has profoundly changed the way most people get information and learn new things, most students in the United States do not have regular access to the Internet at school.

“There are [schools] that have one computer for 30 kids or a computer lab that they have access to three times a month,” says Sara Schapiro, director of the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of school districts that are making heavy use of technology in classrooms.

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