Tools to help educators tailor learning for each and every child.
Educators across the Remake Learning network, both in- and out-of-school, have been figuring out new ways to personalize learning for years through the innovative use of technology (alongside caring adults), through the activation of youth leadership and agency, through project-based learning, and more.
This page is a one-stop-shop for educators who are thinking about Personalized Learning in the Pittsburgh region to connect to local and national resources and build their capacity to capture the interest and engagement of each and every learner.
What is Personalized Learning?
Personalized Learning has been defined many ways. iNACOL, a leader in Personlized Learning, defines it as “Tailoring learning for each student’s strengths, needs and interests–including enabling student voice and choice in what, how, when and where they learn–to provide flexibility and supports to ensure mastery of the highest standards possible.” Another definition from Knowledgeworks reads “Personalized learning means meeting each student at their own level, challenging them with high expectations for academic achievement and growing student agency.”
Still others provide helpful context for Personalized Learning. The International Society for Technology in Education parses out Personalized Learning, Differentiated Learning, and Individualized Instruction: “Unlike individualized instruction, personalized learning involves the student in the creation of learning activities and relies more heavily on a student’s personal interests and innate curiosity. Instead of education being something that happens to the learner, it is something that occurs as a result of what the student is doing, with the intent of creating engaged students who have truly learned how to learn.”
No matter the definition, personalized learning tends to focus on student choice and agency, often involves Project Based Learning (PBL), and often requires some structural changes to learning systems and structures both in- and out-of-school.
- Growing Personalized Learning Practices: KnowledgeWorks’ collection of resources for creating personalized learning classroom practices
- Pittsburgh Personalized Learning Resource List: PLPGH’s listing of resources to accelerate your learning curve
- Personalized Learning + Students with Disabilities: The National Center for Learning Disabilities’ guide to the benefits and challenges of personalized learning for students with disabilities
- RAND Corporation Personalized Learning Research: the RAND Corporation’s portal of research and publications, the “largest and most rigorous” body of research on personalized learning to date
- Christensen Institute: Articles and resources from the Christensen Institute
- Student Powered Solutions: This program of the Consortium for Public Education connects educators, local businesses, and students through project-based learning
- PBLWorks (Project Based Learning): The Buck Institute for Education’s gateway to project-based learning resources to design, adapt, and implement in the classroom
- High Quality Project Based Learning: A framework for high quality project-based learning supported by the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Buck Institute for Education