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Teachers Continue to Adopt Personalized Learning in Classrooms

Teachers Continue to Adopt Personalized Learning in Classrooms

More and more schools are utilizing personalized learning in the classroom.

In California at Summit Public Schools, the teachers "don't stand in front of the class and deliver the same lesson," according to an article on

In fact, the article said, "they don't teach lessons at all. Instead, semi-autonomous software guides children through the syllabus, with a teacher on hand to answer questions and explain more complicated concepts."

According to the article, the idea behind personalized learning is that "children work best when setting their own goals and moving at a pace that suits them. Evidence from early pilot studies shows that pupils learn more effectively this way than with traditional teaching."

"We've automated the activity that teachers in normal settings spend the bulk of their time on – grading things and delivering lectures," said Diane Tavenner, CEO of Summit. "Things that are not of high direct value to students, we are trying to remove or eliminate."

The article said that Summit is "one of a group of US schools that are using technology to completely change the way students are taught."

"The overhaul for Summit's four schools began three years ago," the article stated. "Today 2000 students, aged between 11 and 18, use Google Chromebooks, which are cheaper and easier to set up than a conventional laptop because most of the software runs in the cloud. A web platform tracks goals and keeps learners motivated."

According to the article, "SPS students use an e-reading system called Curriculet."

"This lets teachers add notes and thoughts to the texts students are working through," the article said. "It also feeds student progress back into a Personalised Learning Plan, an online dashboard that tracks the pupils' entire educational life. Based on data gathered on their school performance, the dashboard tailors the lessons and content it serves to each student. For example, a student might set a goal to read the next 10 pages of an e-book this week. The system would monitor her progress, giving regular feedback, to keep her on track. If she falls behind, a teacher can step in and tweak her program."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor

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