Schools are hampered in their ability to leverage natural learning because of the amount of individual attention it requires. The shortcuts schools take are partially the result of a lack of knowledge about how learning is accomplished, but more the result of economic necessity. It is expensive to get students involved in goals they care about and then to coach them on an as-needed basis.
Computer technology can make individualized attention a real possibility. Computers have the ability to present students with tasks they are interested in doing. They offer students the possibility of becoming inquisitive, the possibility of exploration, and the possibility of recovery from failure that is free from embarrassment. Computer systems can free schools to follow the course prescribed by the processes of natural learning.
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