Facebook Builds Free Education Software For US

Facebook has taken initiative into the education market offering a software that it claims allows children to learn at their own pace. Now, Facebook is working with non-profit Summit Public Schools which has pioneered a teaching method that will allow students to learn online and be mentored in class.

Facebook disclosed that this project is totally independent, than its social network. Facebook’s chief product officer Chris Cox explained in a blog post, that the Facebook wanted to create a classroom “centred around students’ ambitions”.

It is stated that, the system allows content and tests to be delivered online and classroom time is reserved for “teacher-led real-world projects and collaborations”. Mr Cox added, “The technology itself has the power to bring to life the daily work by putting it in context,” also, “It frees up classroom time for teachers to do what they do best – mentor students directly – and for students to spend time collaborating with, and in some cases, teaching each other.”

But there appears some question like, who will control access to the personal student data and who will protect it? Also, who will decide? Parents or Facebook or the schools or districts? Facebook said in this context that, the small team of engineers working on the project were subject to “strict privacy controls to help protect student data.”

Facebook has developed a Personaised Learning Plan, which has been used by 2,000 students and 100 teachers in schools in California. Facebook’s partner in the project, Summit Public Schools, is basically a non-profit organization that runs schools in the states of California and Washington.

Some characteristics of the Summit’s curriculum are like, students spend some time working on projects and other time on the personalized learning of traditional subjects like maths and English – mostly via online content.

Facebook and Summit are going to offer the software to any school in the US that wants it.

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