School of One
is a hybrid education pilot program set to push education into the post-industrial era.
For too long our schools have been operating like that of a factory floor operation. Technology and the information age have shifted learning into another sphere yet education systems have had a hard time playing catchup.
There are some pioneering schools in operation, High Tech High
in San Diego with their artificially intelligent assesment and learning system and state of the art robotics equipment, or Denver School of Science and Technology
‘s wiki-based data-driven learning environments. But School of One hopes to act as more than a one-off, as an initiative taken by the New York City Education Board, School of One is a prototype.
Partnering up with Cisco
, the initiative blends a combination of teacher-led instruction, independent learning and work with virtual tutors in classes structured on an individual basis. Each students work is assesed in real-time by a computer system that tracks progress, establishes strengths and weaknesses, and structures classes based on collated data. A unique daily schedule no longer tied to a group of 30 students, individual learning on an implementable controllable scale.