From Manzo's article:
For educators who struggle to integrate technology into their daily routines and strategies, the notion of a kind of individualized education plan for every student is more pipe dream than prospect. Yet the most optimistic promoters of digital learning say the vision of a tech-immersed classroom for today’s students—one that offers a flexible and dynamic working environment with a range of computer-based and face-to-face learning options customized for each student—is not far off.
Reading the piece, I'm very interested in the progress of students at New York City's School of One. Especially because much of the focus there is on tech-individuated math learning.
But the success or failure of tech integration in education isn't going to be determined by the success or failure of the School of One.
And it isn't going to be determined by whether textbook publishers are going to be able to make the shift to digital.
Or by whether any particular venture capital firm supports education.
Rather, tech integration is a part of a cultural shift. It's becoming, and soon will be, something expected and necessary.
Teachers already tapping into the great free resources of the Internet and Web 2.0 already know this.
And so, I humbly submit that if we really want to bring meaningful tech integration and digital empowerment to every classroom, we can't do it by courting Big Tech and Big Textbook. We have to do it by demanding laws and statutes that ensure free universal Internet access and coverage for all.
Access as a Civil Right.
That's the key to personalized learning.