Individualization, Differentiation & Personalized Learning – A comparison #BCSLearns

International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), through feedback from educators with whom they work, created the following definition of Personalized Learning: “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.”

Bena Kallick and Allison Zmuda authored the recent book published by ASCD called Students at the Center: Personalized Learning with Habits of Mind. The image below is a table compares three different instructional models: Personalized Learning, Individualization and Differentiation. Note the differences between the three…

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Personalized learning, in short, can capture completely the key aspects of both individualization and differentiation while achieving clearly higher levels of authenticity, problem-solving, inquiry, analysis, co-creation and self-discovery.

Nellie Mae Education Foundation  mission is to “reshape our system so that learning is personalized, and students have a true voice in their education.” Check out the video below that brings this mission to life.

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