How Technology Could Improve Personalized Learning

How Technology Could Improve Personalized Learning

Added by Jessie Chuang on 2012-02-10

Digital Learning should be Personalized Learning is the post organizing key findings and resources about leveraging digital learning to fulfill personalized learning. In this post are more valuable insights, analysis and experience sharing about learner-centered learning. Don’t forget to check out more resources curated by Kathleen McClaskey : Personalized Learning.

“Personalized learning, to me, is the process of contouring learning to the individuals that you’re dealing with, recognizing that we all have different strengths and weaknesses, different interests [and] different ways of learning.” “ … personalized learning is finding the best ways to engage with people with different interests, passions and ways of thinking.”)

– Quote from Paul Lorette, the principal of Brackendale Elementary School in Squamish, British Columbia.(his blog: Ready for Learning)

The BC Ministry of Education have created an online interactive guide to personalized learning as part of their learning focus. A guide that looks particularly at what learning might look like from the learners perspective supported fully with technology. To learn more about BC’s Education Plan and get involved in the conversation, visit

Also, to further elaborate the difference between differentiated learning and individualized learning, Stu Harris has made a comparison table as below. She works in a K-12 school division providing direct support to teachers under a framework called Technology Supported Learning.(Learn231 is a blog instance that was created to support her work being done in a class at the University of Manitoba called Emerging Technologies for Learning.)

The Education Week Spotlight on Personalized Learning is a collection of articles hand-picked by editors for their insights, thanks to Rachel Mcmullin for suggesting this resource.

  • Using new technologies and teaching approaches to improve learning in middle schools
  • Creating individualized education plans for every student
  • Conducting personalized assessment of students
  • Combining face-to-face instruction and online learning
  • Developing online credit-recovery courses to motivate underachieving students

Mark Twain had a famous saying : “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.Personalized learning isn’t a new idea, but it seems school systems always perform poor in this demand. Hopefully digital learning could help facilitate this goal if we care to work it out.


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