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Through the Years → Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (403/)

14 July 2013 | Dutch King Willem-Alexander applauds during the official opening ceremony of the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) at the Galgenwaard stadium in Utrecht. 2,300 athletes from different countries between 13 and 18 years old will take part at the EYOF. (Photo credit MICHAEL KOOREN/AFP/Getty Images)

When Computers Are Co-Teachers

HUNTINGTON PARK, CALIF. — On a rainbow-colored rug in a predominantly Latino neighborhood six miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, 26 fidgety second graders are reading a phonics passage about helping wildlife. Some detect the main idea quickly, shooting their hands in the air. Others need more time and attention. The teacher, Mark Montero, asks questions trying to keep everyone on track.

After 10 minutes, it’s time to do things a different way. Montero shines a red beam of light on the wall, signaling to students to take their positions.

“Computer captain, please say, ‘All aboard,’” announces Montero, who favors iPads and laser pointers to paper and chalk.

“All aboard!” replies Abigail Bueno, a 7-year-old with long dark braids and a dimpled smile.

Soon, the class has split in two groups based on their particular learning needs. On the rug, Montero leads 13 students in learning about the long vowel “I” sound. At computers along the wall, the others strap on headphones and start reading books from a digital library program.

Here at the charter school Aspire Titan Academy, a principal, 12 teachers, and more than 300 students have signed on to a controversial learning revolution. For nearly three hours a day, they are trading large group instruction for a more personalized approach, one that relies on technology to help with teaching.

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The reconstructed wreckage of the MH17 airplane is seen after the presentation of the final report into the crash of July 2014 of the Malaysia Airlines flight over Ukraine, in Gilze Rijen, the Netherlands, October 13th 2015. The Dutch Safety Board said Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine by a Russian-made Buk missile killing all 298 passengers. The board, which is not empowered to address questions of responsibility, did not specify who launched the missile.Credit: Reuters/Michael Kooren