While it may seem paradoxical for students to work at their own pace and meet content standards, students can learn so much more effectively when work is targeted at their level. Leveled groups are most successful when students are grouped accurately and teachers facilitate effectively.
I like to think about two divergent strands in education technology, which I’ll call the ‘Classical’ and the ‘Progressive.’ The former allows us to use technology to better traditional goals, while the latter allows us to redefine and expand the expectations we have for our instruction and our students.
I had an interesting exchange with a teacher, while delivering a presentation on personalized learning with Khan Academy. At the time, I believed the best …