Personalization in education, and student-centred learning designs have proved to be the main orbital change that education has made in recent years. During the 20th century, traditional curricula have mainly targeted content knowledge as the principal objective in the classroom. The 21st century started with a clear revolution that put students’ individual needs in the centre of the picture. Personal development, individual multiple intelligences or particular lifelong learning skills have been included among the main concerns of education. These priorities target the students’ learning progress, instead of focussing on school subjects.
When Peppers and Rogers (1) presented their 1 to 1 marketing programme, in 1998, the main change was to stop focusing on the product and to start caring for the user. It was based on:
Using 1:1 technology at school is not merely the installation of a personal computer for every student or the design of personal learning activities to connect students to the net. It is about putting students’ needs, interests and possibilities at the central core of the educational process.
How can we, teachers and educators, provide opportunities for active learning, engaging participation, knowledge building, and community development in class? How can we design exercises, tasks, or projects that allow the student to manage his or her own learning path?
First of all, be sure you have a clear vision of the student’s activity when he or she will be doing it:
Other strategies can also be useful for personalizing teaching and learning in class. Let us know your ideas, and join us in a conversation with other colleagues!
(1) PEPPERS, D. & ROGERS, M & DORF, B (1998) The One to One Fieldbook: The Complete Toolkit for Implementing a 1 to 1 Marketing. New York: Doubleday