5 examples of personalized learning in action

[For the past ten years I’ve been following the development of Personal Learning (PL). In this eSchoolNews article you’ll discover a new report from iNACOL, the organization that focuses on blended learning.  This month I’ll join my former Carnegie Mellon University student, Sam Franklin, for a workshop on Technology and Personalized Learning. In the past personalized learning put a tremendous burden on the teacher. It was really what Barbara Bray and Kathleen Maclasky called “Individualized Learning.” Today the technology can play a major role to develop playlists, produce immediate feedback, or allow learners to collaborate on projects. In the next ten years PL has the potential to transform our learning system. For the first time everyone can learn on their own pace, at any place or time, and based on their interests.]

February 16th, 2017
Photo by Norton Gusky CC BY 4.0

Photo by Norton Gusky CC BY 4.0

As technology becomes more and more ubiquitous in classrooms across the nation, it is easier than ever for students with different learning styles and needs to create personalized learning environments.

A new report from iNACOL gives educators, parents, and policymakers a platform to learn about and advocate for personalized learning in their schools.

The report makes the case that, due to a large opportunity gap, not all students enter college or the workforce with the digital skills they need to succeed. Advocating for personalized learning and involving stakeholders and community members in conversations about personalized learning helps make those learning opportunities more accessible for all students.

“Across the country, communities are coming together to explore deep conversations about how they can better ensure that students will graduate with the knowledge, skills and experiences they need for a well-rounded education and to be prepared for future success,” said Susan Patrick, iNACOL president and CEO. “This report empowers communities, families and educators to understand the potential of how teachers are personalizing learning to help each student get what they need to truly excel and thrive.”

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