The Way of the Future: The Guide on the Side?

January 1, 2009

(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)

Over at VoxEU, Lisa Barrow, Elizabeth Debraggio and Cecilia  Rouse present a random assignment study showing that computer aided math instruction led to significantly higher scores for participating students.

We need more research on this, but it seems to back the notion that the schools of tomorrow may look very different from those of today. I’ll wager that mixed models of technology delivered instruction, where a smaller number of highly skilled teachers serve as “guides on the side” rather than a “sage on the stage” ultimately becomes more prevalent.

Of course, that’s only a guess, but ultimately greater experimentation with different delivery methods will point new ways forward.

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