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Bo Adams

Why Are We Still Personalizing Learning If It's Not Personal? | EdSurge News - 0 views

  • As an ideal, personalized learning aims to provide instructional experiences tailored to each learner’s preferences and interests, and at a pace appropriate to their needs.
  • That can result in teachers putting tablets in front of kids, letting the technology do the work, and meanwhile calling it “personalized learning” when it’s anything but that.
  • What we fail to realize is that individualization actually has diminishing returns. As individualization increases, so does the potential for isolation. In classrooms where the primary mode of personalization is hyper-individualized, technology-driven curriculum, we find our children siphoned off into silos, taking away valuable points of convergence.
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  • We assume that the more individualized a child’s education is, the more personalized it is. But that’s simply not true.
  • In order for learning to be personal, it must be meaningful and transferable. And meaningful, transferable learning only comes when human connection is at the center of what we do. When we over-individualize learning—especially when we do so using technology—we isolate our children. We put them in silos and take away opportunities for them to connect with one another in order to learn.
  • Does the technology help to minimize complexity?
  • Does the technology help to maximize the individual power and potential of all learners in the room?
  • Will the technology help us to do something previously unimaginable?
  • Will the technology preserve or enhance human connection in the classroom?
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