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Stephen Downes

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This article recounts some of ChanZuckerberg's attempts to develop personalized learning as an alternative to traditional schools in the U.S., and in particular their investments in companies like AltSchool and Summit Learning. It also describes the failure of these initiatives. " By 2021, AltSchool had sold its schools and turned into a consulting firm. Most significantly, CZI now appears to be reducing its focus on Summit," Why did these fail? The disappointing results from remote learning and 'Zoom school' during the pandemic didn't help. Nor did the lack of trust in Facebook's data collection. But if I had to call it, I'd say it was because the model was prescriptive and boring. " Summit also featured 16 hours a week of "personalized learning time." Students worked at their own pace on a computer, which fed them a "playlist" of content where they learned specific skills. Students worked at their own pace on a computer, which fed them a "playlist" of content where they learned specific skills. Students could move on once they got eight of 10 questions right on an online quiz."

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