Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Networks of Personalized Learning

The Personalized Learning model was developed over ten years ago within the public charter school sector in California. It has shown that by tailoring the curriculum to the needs of individual children it can help them to learn with greater success compared to more traditional teaching methods. Many public charter schools across California adopted the model and further research has confirmed its value in contributing to children’s academic success. Although there are many definitions for personalized learning, its core function is ‘putting the learner at the heart of the education system; (Leadbeater, 2008).

Personalized learning systems allow for the creation of different learning experiences to engage and motivate students into learning in a way which meets with their educational needs. The model was initially adopted by schools, but has now become a key approach to learning throughout many types of educational establishments.

There are many methods used to present a personalized learning course to a student. Some will involve traditional teaching methods; others will utilize technology and computers along with online resources to bring together a course which represents the needs and abilities of the individual student. It has been shown to bring a greater degree of flexibility and choice to students about what is taught, when and how it is taught and where.

1 comment:

  1. In theory this sounds like an amazing method! However, I find complications arise when there are 27 students to one teacher. I have a hard time being a realist about how successful these classrooms can truly be when the ratio is 27:1 and 33% are on intervention plans and two - four others are on IEPs or 504s. It also sounds expensive, and I'm not sure school districts have money for this (technology, aids, extra resources, etc..)