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Review of Personalized Learning

Author: Trisha Fyfe

In this lesson, you will review the essential elements of personalized learning and consider what it looks like in K-12 classrooms.

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Welcome. I'm Trisha Fyfe. And in today's video lesson, I will be revealing personalized learning with you.

As we learn about this topic, we will work towards several learning objectives. And together, we'll use the following two questions to guide our learning. What is personalized learning? And what does personalized learning look like in the classroom?

Let's start by diving into personalized learning. What is this? Personalization refers to instruction that is paced to learning needs or individualized, tailored to learning preferences, differentiated, and tailored to the specific interest of different learners. And in an environment that is fully personalized, the learning objectives and content, as well as the method and pace, may all vary.

Personalized learning has several different elements, and these include the learning being flexible. Learning can structured to take place anywhere anytime. Students are not forced to sit at desks for lecture after lecture, but instead teachers have the ability to use strategies that work for the students-- and this can be different for each student. The teacher's role changes as well.

Teachers become facilitators of learning, and are working with students to determine what works best. The learning is project based and authentic. Classrooms are inquiry based, and students collaborate and direct their own learning. Students are able to make their own meanings, leading to more engagement and higher achievement. Learning is mastery based. Students work towards competencies and this can be done at different paces when needed. So what does this type of learning, personalized learning, look like in the classroom setting?

In a K-12 classroom, learning is taking place primarily in the one-on-one or small group setting. This helps the teacher facilitate learning that is meaningful and relevant to each student. Many resources are used in the process of learning, and the teacher evaluates and adapts for different learning styles and multiple intelligences. Technology has come such a long way as far as how we can use it as teachers in a classroom setting.

There are so many digital tools out there for us to enhance our student's learning-- from using a device for each student in the one-on-one classroom, to using flipped learning and giving students different options for videos to watch or resources to use for homework. The classroom is centered around the learner. And the teacher sets up the classroom to use all the spaces for different types of learning, allowing again, for students to pick and choose what works best for them as a unique learner. Collaboration and communication are essential to personalized learning.

When students are working independently, the work is applicable to the real world-- rigorous and connected to the interests of the students. Therefore, creating meaningful and relevant opportunities for learning. Learning is assessed in many different ways using formative and summative assessments, but leaning more towards using formative assessments more often. Opportunities for feedback, both peer feedback and teacher feedback, are an important part of the personalized learning process. And students and teachers need many opportunities to demonstrate mastery of concepts.

So let's talk about what we learned today. We looked at the following questions. What is personalized learning? And what does personalized learning look like in the classroom?

We started this lesson by discussing personalization and what it was. Remember, this is the type of learning environment that focuses on understanding the learning needs and preferences, as well as the interests of students. We also walk through what this might look like in a classroom setting.

Now that you're more familiar with these concepts, let's reflect. What strategies will you use to better personalize learning in your classroom? Who can you collaborate with for ideas and resources to reflect on personalized learning opportunities?

Thanks for joining me today in discussing the lesson review of personalized learning. I hope you found value in this video lesson, and I hope you're able to apply these ideas about personalization to your own classrooms. To dive a little deeper and learn how to apply this information, be sure to check out the additional resources section associated with this video. This is where you'll find links targeted toward helping you discover more ways to apply this course material.

Notes on “Review of Personalized Learning”


(00:00- 00:22) Introduction

(00:23- 00:48) What is Personalized Learning?

(00:49- 01:39) Essential Elements of Personalized Learning

(01:40- 02:06) What Does Personalized Learning Look Like?

(02:07- 02:43) Personalized Learning and Technology/Classroom

(02:44- 03:19) Personalized Learning and Student Work/Assessments

(03:20- 03:46) Recap

(03:47- 04:29) Reflection     

Additional Resources

Personalized Learning and iPad Project

This St. Paul Public Schools presentation demonstrates how the school district is personalizing learning through its iPad Project. This presentation offers a solid foundation to reflect on your own 1:1 initiative planning process.

National Educational Technology Trends: 2011

Even though this report is from 2011, the information is still relevant to the personalization of instruction with the use of technology. In addition to reviewing different models of innovative personalization, this report links out to districts and schools engaged in those practices. This allows you to see models of how educators are supporting personalization in their practice.