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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.

The Myth

Personalized Learning means students sitting in front of computers, without guidance from peers, mentors, or adults.

The Reality

Personalized Learning is a broad term that describes varied strategies and tools to tailor learning to each and every child.

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.

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