Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Personalized learning is structuring schools, classrooms and instruction to better respond to the individual needs of students, instead of expecting them to fit the current mold or adapt to structures that may not be successful for them. We have teachers using elements of personalized learning in their classrooms right now.
Personalized learning shifts from the one-size-fits-all factory model of education to better prepare students for the jobs and needs of their future. We will directly connect students to learning that meets the demands of their future work environment.
With the current education model it's challenging to fully meet the individual learning needs of every student. Personalized Learning has been shown to significantly increase student achievement, offering individualized instruction which leads to high student engagement and self-direction.
With personalized learning, the teacher is more important than ever! Technology is only one tool among many that teachers will have available to them to provide an individualized path and pace for students. Personalized learning promotes purposeful uses for technology that can transform instruction through the use of integrated digital content with the current curriculum.
Integrated digital content is the use of high quality digital tools to enhance learning for students, making it easier for teachers to provide an individualized path and pace for students. Students who haven't mastered concepts can take advantage of opportunities for extra practice or remediation. Digital content can also create extension opportunities for students who are ready to advance.
Integrated digital content does not mean students will be isolated on a device for entire classes. Teachers will be able to actively find ways to integrate digital content into their curriculum, providing deeper learning through reinforcement and practice at the whatever level the student may be.
Full submitted question: What data or documentation shows that PL has achieved all the results you say it has with the same population of students as the FNSBSD?
There is a lot of research and evidence about ways personalized learning increases student achievement. One of the reasons we engaged with Education Elements is that they’ve worked with a wide variety of districts with different demographics, sizes, etc. Is there a district that is exactly like Fairbanks? No. However, our district has connected with district leadership in other areas, such as the Metropolitan School District of Warren Township in Indiana, that are similar. Overall, districts that have fully engaged in a personalized learning model show increased test scores, student engagement, and reduced dropout.
I think it’s important to note that our approach to personalized learning centers on four core concepts:
- Integrated Digital Content
- Data-informed Decision Making
- Targeted Instruction
- Student Reflection and Ownership
None of these four concepts are new in education, and in fact, these same practices show up in analysis of good teaching, from the works of researchers like Robert Marzano to Charlotte Danielson. While the focus is certainly new, and the term “Personalized Learning” is new, the strategies behind the term are not.
As we roll out Personalized Learning, we’ll also be identifying metrics for measuring our success so we can evaluate how it's working here in Fairbanks.
More info can be found on the Articles & Research page.
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- Are teachers going to be replaced by technology?
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- What data/documentation shows that Personalized Learning leads to positive results?
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