The challenge of meeting the needs of personalized learning is a common occurrence not only in K-12 grades but in higher education as well. I am a huge proponent of personalized learning. Having gone through school with the ability to study minimally and still get A’s and B’s, I did not learn the material enough to retain it for years afterwards. My biggest regret was not immersing myself in the subjects enough to get the information to stick around. I would memorize the information that was taught from a book or given to me in worksheets just enough to pass the tests and do the homework. The only subject I remember really being involved with was psychology. I loved it. I remember soaking it up and not being able to get enough of it. This happened for two reasons; I was genuinely interested in the subject and I had a teacher who was enthusiastic and taught us in nonconventional ways. This was my first insight into the positives of teaching students in all different ways to meet their individual needs.
I have watched many students struggle with the same experience described above. I have also seen many students thrive in environments where they are learning in ways that fit their own needs. Technology is an incredible tool that provides the student with learner choice and control. I believe that, like myself, many educators want to provide their students with the correct technology for them to achieve a positive personalized learning experience, but they are not provided with the funds or tools to gain access to the proper technology. They are also not provided with the correct training for effective use of this technology.
To begin to solve these issues, I propose school funded, hands-on workshops. Fund raisers could be held throughout the year by holding bake sales and such. The money acquired would go towards sending teachers to these workshops. The teachers can then get a feel for the gear and decide if it would be suitable to the learning environment they are trying to achieve in their classroom. There are many workshops available that allow you to buy the gear or use the gear when you are at the workshop. The day is then spent learning how to set-up, integrate, and make the most out of the technology in the classroom. For example, an iPad workshop is being held in San Diego at National University on April 13. The description states, “This workshop will cover the initial setup of the iPad, how to add content to the iPad, how to make the most of iTunes U, and how to find the best educational Apps available – including Apps for creating content and media on the iPad.” There are many workshops held throughout the year all over the country that allow the teachers to get professional, hands-on training. This would be extremely beneficial to educators and learners alike.
Below is the video I created, using xtranormal, explaining this challenge and how I propose to solve it.
This assignment utilized AECT standard 2.2 “Audiovisual Technologies” because it allowed us to use our computer to create an audio and visual presentation of the material we were trying to convey.
SDCUE. (2013). iPad Workshop Back by Popular Demand April 13 @ National University. Retrieved from http://sdcue.org/?p=5689