Personalized Learning

New routes to success in learning are popping up around the country

A sampling of Hechinger reporting for The New York Times’s Learning section

Artificial intelligence

Will AI really transform education?

Promoters show off promising applications of the technology, but AI is not changing the world quite yet

AI

AI can disrupt racial inequity in schools, or make it much worse

When it comes to tech and education reform, there’s been more talk than transformation

educational innovation

What makes education innovation succeed?

An education nonprofit argues it comes down to five conditions

States increasingly extend charter-like flexibility to district schools

24 states now give districts or individual schools freedom from state regulations to innovate

XQ

Anatomy of a failure: How an XQ Super School flopped

Innovation and equity didn’t mix

Personalized learning can be a tool for equity or a barrier to it

It takes work to maintain high expectations for all students when personalizing instruction

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FCC changes its rules, puts educational spectrum up for open auction

Rural school districts had hoped to close “homework gaps” via access to wireless spectrum set aside for educational use 50 years ago

clock

Does lunch have to be 45 minutes? Rethinking school schedules to support innovation

Getting creative with class-period lengths and staffing plans can dramatically reduce class sizes and increase teacher collaboration time

The messy reality of personalized learning

In Rhode Island, questions persist about the effectiveness of individualized instruction via laptop

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