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XPRIZE: $10 Million Prize for Teaching Without Teachers! by Diane Ravitch

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'You knew this was coming, didn’t you? The XPRIZE awarded $10 million in awards to programs that teach children basic skills without a human teacher! One of the funders of the award was our very own Betsy DeVos, who loves teachers so much that she wants to get rid of them. They cost too much. After all, machines are able to recognize what  learning looks like...  in each kid seated in front of it.' Based in Seoul, South Korea, and Berkeley, California, KitKit School developed a program featuring a game-based core and flexible learning architecture designed to help children learn independently, irrespective of their knowledge, skill, or environment.  The really cool thing about the scripted curriculum is that the designer can not only program skills ut control content and determine what children learn. '

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The two winning organizations will share the $10 million grand prize for enabling the greatest proficiency gains in reading, writing, and math....according to a test..

While, good computer programs that use repetition and review to help memory, and thus can assist teachers to help kids practice, and learn some things like arithmetic, spelling and other areas of a curriculum, only a teacher can interact with a human child, and know if real learning of complex thinking is being learned.

WHAT LEARNING LOOKS LIKE is a phrase that Harvard used when they researched the real PRINCIPLES OF LEARNING, with the Pew teams from the University Of Pittsburgh.

Few people really grasp what this entails, but professional teachers dol I am not talking about trained, TFA novice teachers... I mean the real thing... the educated, experienced professional.

Oh..I forgot, the public schools were emptied of such practitioners , ignorer to dcause catastrophic failure, and thus, charter schools would replace them... even though PROFIT not learning is the guiding factor.

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fat the Ravitch site: rom Bob Shepherd May 23, 2019 at 10:39 am "If you are a teacher in the United States today, especially of English or math, you've been forced again and again to have your students use one educational technology product after another that has been sold to your school or district. And inevitably, the same story plays out:

Hype. There's a meeting and a lot of hype. This new product is going to CHANGE EVERYTHING! It's going to personalize learning. It's going to be usable anywhere. It's soooooo much fun! It supports collaboration and flipped classrooms! It enables real-time monitoring and intervention! It's going to provide data. It has customizable avatars!!!
On boarding. Lots of confusion, but eventually, it all works. Sort of. On some of the school's equipment.
Implementation. For the first week to week and a half, things are going pretty well. The kids seem to enjoy it. It's something differenta break from their routines.
Reaction. The kids start groaning loudly whenever they are told to fire up the program. They beg to do anything else.
Rebellion. The kids refuse to use it. It appears that they would rather have every hair on their bodies pulled out with tweezers than to do one more module. By now, most English and math teachers, many science teachers, and some history teachers have seen this again and again and again.

Every freaking time. You would think that the geniuses designing this depersonalized education software would hang around long enough, in a few classrooms, to see this happen and to try to figure out why. (Hint to developers of Depersonalized Education Software: better commit lots of marketing resources up front, because you are only going to be able to sell this crap during the hype phase.)

Well, the answer is pretty simple: people like to be taught by people. Real, flesh-and-blood, present-in-real-life people. That's because teaching and learning are, and have always been, interpersonal transactions. When it really works, it's because someone who knows something and is passionate about it shares this with someone who doesn't, and that interaction is contagious in a good way.

Educational software has a great future as a) supplemental material to be used for occasional remediation on specific points and b) occasional audio-visual presentation or demonstration material. I like pizza. but I wouldn't want to have to eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day for the rest of my life.

And, the designers of this crap need to learn when to stop. Consider, for example, Khan Academy. This started out delightful. It was simply a bunch of sets of quirky videos by this superb, brilliant, funny teachers, Sal Khan. Yeah, there were occasional mistakes in them. But they were really instructive and entertaining. I watched hundreds of them. Great fun. Then came the money from Bill Gates, and Sal's entertaining videos were fleshed out into a full-scale Common-Core-based instructional system and buried under mountains of online worksheets and tests. Awful. The kids HATE IT. And the beautiful thing that Mr. Khan created has gotten lost.

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Warning to parents about online-learning.

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