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New York, US
School of One (So1) is a pilot project organised by New York City Department of Education and run by iZone NY. It is a learning programme that is oriented towards the needs of every pupil. Until now, it has been only been used for mathematics teaching in middle schools. So1 is based on the view that no children are ‘too stupid for maths’, and that children only need to learn at their own pace and in accordance with their own learning style to be successful.
So1 combines subject knowledge with eight different learning settings: work with teachers in the classroom; work in small groups; peer-to-peer learning (two students teaching each other); work with teachers online; online exercises; work with online tutors (one to one); working alone with learning materials; and subject-based, complex tasks that stretch over several days. Each day, the pupils undertake tests on the material they have learned, and if these demonstrate that the children are having difficulties, they are provided with further learning environments. The programme acts as a self-learning system that remembers the pupils’ individual abilities and preferences. In addition, the pupils can also choose to combine their favoured learning settings.