How Technology Could Improve Personalized Learning

Digital Learning should be Personalized Learning is the post organizing key findings and resources about leveraging digital learning to fulfill personalized learning. In this post are more valuable insights, analysis and experience sharing about learner-centered learning. Don’t forget to check out more resources curated by Kathleen McClaskey : Personalized Learning.

“Personalized learning, to me, is the process of contouring learning to the individuals that you’re dealing with, recognizing that we all have different strengths and weaknesses, different interests [and] different ways of learning.” “ … personalized learning is finding the best ways to engage with people with different interests, passions and ways of thinking.”)
- Quote from Paul Lorette, the principal of Brackendale Elementary School in Squamish, British Columbia.(his blog: Ready for Learning)

The BC Ministry of Education have created an online interactive guide to personalized learning as part of their learning focus. A guide that looks particularly at what learning might look like from the learners perspective supported fully with technology. To learn more about BC’s Education Plan and get involved in the conversation, visit

Also, to further elaborate the difference between differentiated learning and individualized learning, Stu Harris has made a comparison table as below. She works in a K-12 school division providing direct support to teachers under a framework called Technology Supported Learning.(Learn231 is a blog instance that was created to support her work being done in a class at the University of Manitoba called Emerging Technologies for Learning.)

The Education Week Spotlight on Personalized Learning is a collection of articles hand-picked by editors for their insights, thanks to Rachel Mcmullin for suggesting this resource.

  • Using new technologies and teaching approaches to improve learning in middle schools
  • Creating individualized education plans for every student
  • Conducting personalized assessment of students
  • Combining face-to-face instruction and online learning
  • Developing online credit-recovery courses to motivate underachieving students

Mark Twain had a famous saying : “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.Personalized learning isn’t a new idea, but it seems school systems always perform poor in this demand. Hopefully digital learning could help facilitate this goal if we care to work it out.


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  2. Maureen Greenbaum

    February 14, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Personalization vs Differentiation vs Individualization

    There is a difference between personalization and differentiation and individualization.One is learner-centered;the others are teacher-centered


    great article from January 15, 2012

    summarized in fabulous clear table

  3. NaomiK

    February 15, 2012 at 6:46 am

    My hope is that this doesn’t overshadow the need for collaborative learning in the classroom.

    No amount of technology is better than getting kids working together to learn, but hopefully more apps and programs will promote this type of learning.

    Here’s one game I’ve found that helps kids improve their mental arithmetic together

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  5. SamanthaClark

    February 22, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Personalization of content and learning modalities is perhaps the biggest requirement of today’s education system and digital tools like CK-12 FlexBooks( allow just that. These FlexBooks allow you the flexibility to create and customize content based on your/ student’s needs. But it’s not just the students that benefit from tools like these, even teachers get the support and the freedom to create more student centric curriculum by getting the power to add literacy scaffoldings. Also with their interactive features these digital tools allow students o be pulled into education rather be pushed into it. And that I think is the basis of personalized education- when students themselves are interested in creating their academic path.