Did you ever wish that what you learned in school could connect directly with your interests, passions, strengths and with what you'll do after you leave school? Wish you could learn in your own way and at the pace that's most comfortable for you?
If so, then personalized learning answers those questions and more.
What Personalized Learning is and What the Benefits Are
In short, personalized learning is both the education of today and the future. It is learner-centered and custom tailored to each individual student. The educational community world-wide is seeing the enormous benefits in personalized learning for every student, and new technologies make it possible for teachers to spend more time with each student individually. Teachers are able to guide and mentor students in areas that they are most passionate about, and no longer need to set up classrooms and offer instruction in a one-size-fits-all fashion.
Long gone are the days when teaching takes place with the teacher delivering content at the front of the classroom to passive recipients.
Personalized learning, and the new technology that supports it, such as that offered for free by Summit Public Schools and powered by Facebook) allows:
*students to take charge of their education in a way that motivates and inspires them
*students can learn at their own pace, jumping ahead or taking a bit longer to master concepts
*get immediate feedback on subject mastery
*learn in the way that they prefer
* show what they know via individual or group projects
The benefits to using personalized learning are limitless and thousands of schools and students worldwide benefit from customizing their learning. Achievement gaps can close, students no longer need to compare themselves with other students, grades and test scores improve and more students stay in school and enroll in college.
So what are the trends in personalized learning?
HowtoLearn.com turned to EducationDive for the highights and thank author Tara Garcia Matthewson for her insights.