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Kathleen McClaskey's insight:
Personalized Learning Newsletter for May is out and filled with great articles and stories. You see, 2014 is the year of Personalized Learning. The buzz is out. Teacher and learner roles are changing. There are more stories in the news about learners taking responsibility for their learning. There are more examples of teachers creating learning environments that encourage creativity and collaboration. We wrote the 10 Trends of Personalized Learning several months ago and realized we needed to share it with our followers.
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Here's a chart that explains the differences between personalization, differentiation, and individualization. After some research on these terms, Barbara Bray and I were able to determine the differences between these terms in relationship to teaching and learning.
Via Barbara Bray
"Building upon a growing movement, the Alliance for Excellent Education and its partners are calling on teachers, schools, principals, community leaders, parents and students to participate in the first-ever national Digital Learning Day on February 1, 2012. Digital Learning Day will celebrate innovative teaching practices that make learning more personalized and engaging and encourage exploration of how digital learning can provide more students with more opportunities to get the skills they need to succeed in college, a career and life."
The Institute @CESA #1 (Wisconsin) has developed a change strategy to guide their districts as they particpate in the Personalized Learning Initiative based on their "honeycomb model" that includes: learning and teaching; relationships and roles; and structures and policies.
In their first phase, teaching and learning is the focus. Here are some key comments from this blog on personalizing learning:
"By personalizing the learning for each student, we create a circumstance where we can take advantage of individual learner strengths and address student needs as they occur rather than having to remediate later. Also, when we have a deep understanding of each learner, we can determine the correct blend of learning modalities and strategies to ensure success for each student."
The National College for School Leadership outlines the key components to personalised learning along with case studies, practical tools, reflective questions and the results of a national survey in the UK.
"Personalising learning is the process which empowers the learner, with appropriate support and advice, to decide what, where, when and how they learn.
Personalising learning balances the demands of the curriculum (content) with the work of the teacher (delivery) with the engagement of the individual learner. This is achieved by developing the engagement of learners in the management and design of their learning experiences."
The four specific strategies to support this shift are:
> Learning how to learn
> Teaching and learning strategies
> Curriculum choice
> Mentoring and support
The European Commission Joint Research Centre - Institute for Prospective Technological Studies has developed a report "The Future of Learning: Preparing for Change".
"The overall vision is that personalisation, collaboration and informalisation (informal learning) are at the core of learning in the future. These terms are not new in education and training but will have to become the central guiding principle for organising learning and teaching in the future."