Personalization refers to instruction that is paced to learning needs, tailored to learning preferences, and tailored to the specific interests of different learners. In an environment that is fully personalized, the learning objectives and content as well as the method and pace may all vary. (Department of Education, 2014)
The definition above is lofty, not to mention that personalized learning has been associated with other terms, such as: multimodal, blended, 1:1, adaptive, student driven, project-based learning, personal learning pathways, and competency-based progression. How does a teacher reconcile all of this?
Fortunately, this month’s theme is Personalized Learning with Mobile Technologies. During the month, you’ll have a chance to uncover what personalized learning means, learn best practices for personalizing your classroom, see strategies that other teachers are using, and explore different perspectives on personalized learning,
For case studies and blogs, check out the Personalized Learning Toolkit on the K-12 Blueprint.
Also, download (or purchase) the ISTE published and Intel sponsored book by Clarity authors. Personalized Learning: A Guide for Engaging Students with Technology | K-12 Blueprint
Read it, share it, start a book group, and try something from the book in your classroom this month.
Here's Your Mission
- In the comment area below, create and share something visual that shows what personalized learning with mobile technologies means to you.
- Look at others’ graphics and choose one of the visuals that speaks to you. Reply to that post about why you like the graphic.
- Read The Five Myths of Personalized Learning. Join the conversation and share the post with one person.
- Take a poll and contribute to the conversation: a) students learn more if they have power over what and at what pace they learn and b) Students are not equipped to control what and how they learn.