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Westchester Community College Gains Spotlight In Slate Story

 Westchester Community College in Valhalla is one of many schools using a new program to teach students that could lead to a completely different way for all schools to educate students of all ages.
Westchester Community College in Valhalla is one of many schools using a new program to teach students that could lead to a completely different way for all schools to educate students of all ages. Photo Credit: The Daily Voice File Photo

VALHALLA, N.Y. -- Westchester Community College professor Sheela Whelan and her pre-algebra class were featured in a recent article at Slate.com.

Whelan’s students are using the same computer program, called ALEKS, but they're all working on different problems. The ALEKS machine-learning algorithms have figured out what each student understands and helps direct them to videos, programs and background material that will help them learn, added Slate.com.

Whelan does not lecture in the traditional sense, instead, she serves as a sort of a tutor, moving from one student to the next along with a teaching assistant for those having issues or with questions, said Slate.com.

The result is a classroom completely different from any that have existed in America for the past 100 years and offers a glimpse into the future of what all schools might look like, said Slate.com.

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