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Go to Resource Article: Can Technology Help Students Find the "Sweet Spot" for Learning?

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Technology 21st Century Schools Emily Hanford Stephen Smith

By Emily Hanford and Stephen Smith, American RadioWorks

The problem of how to meet students' individual needs is at the heart of today's education debates: the achievement gap, tracking, social promotion. These are among the thorniest and most important issues facing American schools, and they all have something to do with the fact that we expect students of a certain age to be in a certain place with their learning, rather than working with each child individually based on their unique learning needs.

Darin Hannum
Dec 02 2013 11:12 AM

The ideas of a self paced curriculum is terrific.  We have found with our demographic of students that the majority of our students do not succeed in this environment.   We found that the blended curriculum model lends to our group of students success, much like what Mrs. Walker describes in this article.

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Jerry Bleecker
Jan 03 2014 04:02 PM

I agree with idea of individualizing learning.  With all the resources we can provide online and in person, students should be able to research, choose projects to create and learn from while doing.  Ideally, students could follow their interests (IBL) within a curricular core for any course.  It sort of seems like ordering from a menu or asking the kitchen if you can order off the menu.  

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