Today textbooks are taken over by Chromebooks, blackboards are replaced by Smartboards and notes are transformed into video lectures. Technology has made information available on finger tips.
Students are looking for more opportunities and tools to learn concepts with ease and strengthen their knowledge and understanding.
They need a different perspective on education, with an instructional support providing subject matter mastery. The ultimate solution to this is “personalized learning in the classrooms”.
We all might have heard the term “personalized learning”. But little we know about the benefits and implementation. So, let’s have a tour of the personalized learning enabled classroom.
Let’s start with a proper understanding of personalized learning.
Personalized learning can be defined as customized learning based on each student’s strengths, needs, and interests. It provides an instructional design for students based on their existing goals and objectives by focusing on flexibility and support of educational models.
Personalized learning is an approach to expanding access to educational resources and making students learn in their own way. The purpose of personalized learning is to open student pathways and encourage active participation in classrooms.
What are the best attributes of every personalized learning classroom?
Personalized learning has several models and each model has its own set of characteristics. But there are some characteristics that are common for all the platforms. Let’s have a look:
In a personalized learning classroom, students are the sole owner of their way of learning. They select the learning model as per their needs and interests. Students have clear learning goals and objectives and work towards achieving them. The assignments are integrated for the students to determine if the student is ready to move on the further skill or concept.
Personalized learning focuses on understanding the concepts rather than the test scores. Teachers focus more on what students are learning and how, instead of preparing them for exams and results. Teachers create opportunities to develop real time useful skills like collaboration, problem-solving and critical thinking.
Students set the pace
The flexibility of personalized learning allows students to decide their own momentum. They only move forward towards other skill or concept after developing a deep understanding of one concept. Students can divide their time according to the complexity of the topics. Students can quickly cover up the easy concepts and then utilize that time to learn the difficult parts.
Anytime, anywhere learning
Students can learn inside and outside the classrooms and schools. Teachers can create opportunities by encouraging students to learn from different digital content tools at whatever place is suitable to them. Digital content, when presented with personalized learning, by using cloud technology for education helps students to access all resources at anytime, anywhere.
Personalized learning models:
Now the question arises, how to implement this learning method? The answer lies in personalized learning models for your classrooms. Based on your requirements and implementation strategies you can create various designs. While designing a personalized learning classroom, there are certain principles that you need to keep in mind. Below are some important principles that you can consider implementing your design.
It should empower and support students:
Your model should be designed keeping students at the core. Design driven thinking will lead to progressive learning. Future academics and career pathways should be flexible yet well strategized based on student’s current learning levels and activities. Transparent strategies of student’s gradual progress help them achieve goals with success.
It should optimize student engagement and effort:
The model should be able to encourage students to take responsibility for attaining learning and personal goals. There must be the integration of open participation in class discussions and educational activities. The model must have clear expectations of student competencies and performances.
Integrate positive student development:
The model should encourage personalize learning to meet student needs. It should provide data-driven, real-time feedback for students and teachers. It should include embedded, performance based formative assessment.
Develops and deploys collective strengths:
The model should be able to team up the teacher and students that strengthen the instructional design and deliver professional growth. The staff should also be updated and connected through various innovations and initiatives.
These instructional models help you transform traditional methods into personalized learning methods in classrooms. The personalized learning approach builds a creative platform for students to learn in an engaging environment. With the use of digital content and online resources, available at everyone’s fingertips, the learning experiences become more interactive and productive.
Moreover, educational games, educational apps, and other custom mobility solutions boost personalized learning to the next level. Personalized learning enables schools and teachers to help every student to reach her maximum potential and technology plays an important role to bridge the gap. Technology should be used as a tool to empower teachers to deliver personalized learning in the classrooms.