The Living Classroom project seeks to offer children unique, differentiated learning experiences that reflect their specific needs – and to do so with the affordability and ease of use that brings premiere teaching within the reach of every American student. Its goal: to provide teachers with the comprehensive, integrated information they need to customize each child’s experiences readily every school day.
Effective, Practical Differentiated Instruction
Differentiated, optimized learning clearly is vital to re-invigorating K-12 education. Yet such instruction often is financially infeasible and pragmatically unworkable even for the most motivated teachers, schools and districts. The Living Classroom will bring teachers the factual knowledge and data-driven insights, integrated with technology-based learning tools, to enable them to monitor students’ progress in realtime from any location – with a model designed to scale district- and state-wide.
USC and LAUSD
A collaboration between academic and real-world experts in education and computer science, the project is led by researchers at the University of Southern California’s (USC’s) Information Sciences Institute, one of the nation’s largest and most successful software and hardware research entities. Significantly, the Los Angeles Unified School District – one of the largest and most ethnically diverse in the U.S. – is eager to host a multi-campus pilot project to explore the Living Classroom’s potential.
Academia and Industry Working Together
The Living Classroom is supported by a consortium of prominent technology and education businesses that have pledged partial matching funds, including Microsoft Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Corporation, Intel Corporation, Pearson Education, Inc. and Promethean Ltd. We also have received commitments for active participation from some of the nation’s leading K-12 education voices, including Thomas W. Payzant, former Boston Public Schools Superintendent and US Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education under President Clinton.
By marrying rich data resources with computing and educational expertise, the Living Classroom will deliver on that most human goal: more fulfilled, better-achieving kids.