Comments on "Advance Personalized Learning"

Katie Gramling
Katie Gramling

PostedFebruary 15, 2008

What do you think about individualized instruction?  How can it be used to raise education levels around the world?  What is the connection between personalized learning and open courseware?

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  • Niklas Koch
    Niklas Koch

    Posted 4 years ago

    Niklas Koch from South Crolina comments on How will you use technology to learn?
    It helps us get a real life example on how the world looks at all the ideas that we make in the factories. Like the Iphone or Computer or even shoes.
  • Ryan Byrne
    Ryan Byrne

    Posted 4 years ago

    Ryan Byrne from Cardiff, South Wales comments on How will you use technology to learn?
    There is a potential to create a mix of both self-driven learning and guided learning by creating and using virtual software of which can feed the data to students, and in a school setting can therefore still leave a guide to help the less capable among the students. If this software had a quiz at the end of every section/sub-section then under-achieving self-driven students can be flagged up by the software meaning it is less likely that students will fall through "the net" as it were. I believe that through a mixture of virtual learning where the information is easily accessible, there is chance to not only increase the capabilities of the self-driven students who have their heels clipped by the barely capable at the other end of the scale.
    Through sections and sub-sections throughout each subject students and teachers can identify where work is needed and re-study the course material. With the addition of game software to reinforce student knowledge, it is probable that the students will retain the knowledge.
  • Harold M. Frost, III
    Harold M. Frost, III

    Posted 4 years and 8 months ago

    Harold M. Frost, III from Sheffield, Vermont, USA comments on How will you use technology to learn?
    This comment response is limited to additional STEM learning that occurs in satellite fashion around whatever technology-assisted teaching/learning systems are operating formally for a given student (such as public K-12 education, homeschooling, or four years of college awarding a baccalaureate degree), and accommodates whatever level of motivation a student has. In my view, authentic learning is primarily person-based and thus requires interpersonal relationships in which the inalienable dignity and rights of each person are respected and honored. Take the case of just a binary relationship between two persons, an older one such as an engineer or scientist or assistant professor who has already spent years in paid full-time work as a researcher, educator, or both, and a younger one -- a student -- who has not yet obtained an entry-level job in a STEM field. In this situation exists between the two an imbalance of self-discipline, self-knowledge, mastery of content and methodology, power, authority and access to tools, networks of contacts and other resources that must be navigated properly by the older person to avoid repressive or shaming practices that limit learning in the younger person. Further, the older person, whether a teacher, professor, mentor, advisor or confidant needs to be mature enough to not inflict his or her insecurities upon the younger. Finally, and most important, the older person facilitates learning most in the younger by allowing his or her student, mentee, advisee, and so on to have a free rein as much as practicable to explore how he or she learns best, learning not only with confidence but also boldness.
  • Cetin Cetinkaya
    Cetin Cetinkaya

    Posted 4 years and 11 months ago

    Cetin Cetinkaya from NY comments on How will you use technology to learn?
    There is a serious experiment ongoing right now in this area, driven by Khan Academy, funded by the Gates Foundation, Google, etc.

    Check out: http://www.khanacademy.org/ and a recent article summarizing the experience (high level) at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shantanu-sinha/khan-academy_b_1918342.html
  • KELL
    KELL

    Posted 5 years and 7 months ago

    KELL from IND comments on How will you use technology to learn?
    steps:
    1. provide initialization or state problem clearly:
    "why particular topic is important to you and where you can use it or contribute in it"-this is what every student ask him or herself before beginning to learn any topic.

    2. allow them to find information what they need:
    as a student i know that it is logical that if i start reading a textbook by myself then i can surly get some clues. help should be provided only when needed, instead of wasting time in a one hour session.

    3. always ending with activities or tasks an good resources:
    most necessary step to engage the students actively and made them curious and also directing their own interest by providing resources like OCWs, you tube links etc.
  • Tyler
    Tyler

    Posted 5 years and 10 months ago

    Tyler from thompson comments on How will you use technology to learn?
    why do we need to understand enigneering?
  • Ron Planesi
    Ron Planesi

    Posted 6 years and 6 months ago

    Ron Planesi from Oakdale, CA USA comments on How will you use technology to learn?
    Re: Reverse Engineering the Brain

    "As long as technology essentially mimics the square-based spreadsheet (because the base level of computer switching is on/off), we will not be able to understand the full methodology of human brain function. The next logical step to structural simulation is necessarily the hexagon, yet no one bothers to look toward the benefits of a hexagon structure in neurology before deciding the concept isn't sufficiently technological for groundbreaking ideation. This mental state of pre-closure would have prevented the discovery of penecillin, yet technology adheres to it like superglue."

    Until we understand the myriad of mental gates, how will we know which gates are open and which are cosed? I learned to read my first words from the front page of the Maui News at three years old. After that, I am visual/text and structure sensitive. I developed other skills slowly later, but visual/text/structure is still my first examination on any new or foreign material. I often solve potential technical problems through "low tech" applications because the "structure for solution of the moment" is sometimes immediate or, at least, economical. That's a "mental gate". Is it open for you?
  • Mary C.
    Mary C.

    Posted 7 years and 5 months ago

    Mary C. from Missouri, USA comments on How will you use technology to learn?
    I think the reason there are so many different education models is because there are so many different people. Unfortunately It takes quite a bit of energy and resources to reach an individual. Therefore we try to generalize as much as we can. As a result, we aim for a middle ground and if we hit, great. If we don't, oh well. Like others have said, There are a great number of challenges we face today. Many were caused because we did not see the consequences of an action when we took it. If we gave future generations the freedom to take in and process information the way that is most natural to them, instead of dictating what, how, when, where, and why they do it, we would most likely create the free thinkers capable of solving them without creating negative side effects. As a result of this, their descendants could move forward technologically and socially. Would this usher in human Utopia, maybe not, but it might be a good start. Having said all that: my idea for using technology to help individualize learning in the public school is simple. Teachers could publish their years lesson plans (things that have to be ready before the school year start anyway,) in pdf form to the parents so that parents can follow along with the individual teacher's classroom instruction (not just a grade level expectation). Text book publishers could make digital copies of the teacher's manual available for parents to download so that parents could see what the teacher sees and understand the assignments their students are bringing home. This will help the parents help their children with the home work. I have noticed that many teacher's manuals are loaded with great hands on learning activities that just don't fit into the 20 or 30 minute class session, or into school's and teacher's already tight budgets. Parents having access to this information would offer a much needed parent/ child/classroom bonding as the parent helps the child cement the learning in practical ways. This also frees up the teacher to spend more time and energy with the children who may not have parental support at home. This is accomplished by the parent informing the teacher that they will participate in this way.
  • Mary C.
    Mary C.

    Posted 7 years and 5 months ago

    Mary C. from Missouri, USA comments on How will you use technology to learn?
    I think the reason there are so many different education models is because there are so many different people. Unfortunately It takes quite a bit of energy and resources to reach an individual. Therefore we try to generalize as much as we can. As a result, we aim for a middle ground and if we hit, great. If we don't, oh well. Like others have said, There are a great number of challenges we face today. Many were caused because we did not see the consequences of an action when we took it. If we gave future generations the freedom to take in and process information the way that is most natural to them, instead of dictating what, how, when, where, and why they do it, we would most likely create the free thinkers capable of solving them without creating negative side effects. As a result of this, their descendants could move forward technologically and socially. Would this usher in human Utopia, maybe not, but it might be a good start. Having said all that: my idea for using technology to help individualize learning in the public school is simple. Teachers could publish their years lesson plans (things that have to be ready before the school year start anyway,) in pdf form to the parents so that parents can follow along with the individual teacher's classroom instruction (not just a grade level expectation). Text book publishers could make digital copies of the teacher's manual available for parents to download so that parents could see what the teacher sees and understand the assignments their students are bringing home. This will help the parents help their children with the home work. I have noticed that many teacher's manuals are loaded with great hands on learning activities that just don't fit into the 20 or 30 minute class session, or into school's and teacher's already tight budgets. Parents having access to this information would offer a much needed parent/ child/classroom bonding as the parent helps the child cement the learning in practical ways. This also frees up the teacher to spend more time and energy with the children who may not have parental support at home. This is accomplished by the parent informing the teacher that they will participate in this way.
  • Morah Moriah
    Morah Moriah

    Posted 7 years and 7 months ago

    Morah Moriah from Israel comments on How will you use technology to learn?
    Individualized instruction has been a motto for homeschoolers all around the world, since it was advocated by the wise King Solomon in Proverbs -"Train your child according to his way and even when he is old, he will not depart from it". Homeschoolers use technology outside the box in ways that optimize their learning. As homeschoolers, we have used technology to enhance our learning. We recommend applications such as the Qedoc Learning System that contains learning modules that cover a variety of topics from religious to secular studies. It keeps track of student progress and incorporates Flash and other media. We have also used simulated Math and Science activities via Gizmos, a favorite among homeschoolers and schools alike. With Moodle, we are able to run our own homeschool online. We have also used online web conferencing software to interface with other homeschoolers in a cooperative style learning. Technology has been great, and as homeschoolers we believe we are the forefront in using technology in learning. MorahMoriah.com
  • Devika
    Devika

    Posted 7 years and 7 months ago

    Devika from Bangalore comments on How will you use technology to learn?
    I think it is a wonderful idea. I myself spend several hours learning new things on the net everyday. I started noting them in a sheet at first, now I link them through Google. That way new words, new ideas, personalities, historic events,etc are nicely hoarded for anytime use. An open ended learning course (not too different from the idea Wikipedia has), reachable to the entire world is a wonderful dream. And it could come true. With high speed and cheap internet connectivity, children should be given the opportunity to use few hours every day to surf according to their interests. If they go to school, and have a favorite subject, they should be encouraged to roam free in that subject on the net. This would involve a collated, integrated asymmetrical location of information that they could use to know more. It should also involve the ability to meet, discuss with other similarly interested children, patrons and teachers. The oftener you read, hear, see something, the more you learn ! This could also help the urban kids to turn off their gaming software and turn to music, history, reading , etc.
  • Jimmy Tomich
    Jimmy Tomich

    Posted 7 years and 10 months ago

    Jimmy Tomich from South Dakota SMT comments on How will you use technology to learn?
    Seeding the youth (k-12) with a notion that it IS the engineers and scientists that design the world around us may be the most crucial prospect for solving the demanding problems of the future. Making exiting, creative, demanding, and empowering projects that are demanding and striving for engineering excellence is crucial. Then making sure projects are illustrated to youth in a manner that starts their compassion to be the developer, the inverter, and/or designer of the future SHOULD BE A RESPONSIBILITY of all who seek to solve the grand challenges of the future. I had an unique opportunity to discuss the problems associated to the loss of interest in science in engineering with the Ambassador for China here in the US. He noted that without solving the challenge associated to exemplifying the interest in solving these Global Challenges. THERE IS AN OBLIGATION TO DRIVE THIS INTEREST SO THAT OUR GRANDCHILDREN MAY HAVE A STABLE, UNIVERSAL, and SAFE FUTURE. James Tomich SDSMT james.tomich@mines.sdsmt.edu
  • Maggie Lauper
    Maggie Lauper

    Posted 8 years and 5 months ago

    Maggie Lauper from Orono, ME comments on How will you use technology to learn?
    It's encouraging to see that companies pursuing adaptive learning technology are attracting venture funding. Vis: http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/04/07/knewton-bags-6-million-series-b-round-for-adaptive-learning-platform/
  • Don Hutchinson
    Don Hutchinson

    Posted 8 years and 6 months ago

    Don Hutchinson from Boston MA USA comments on How will you use technology to learn?
    IDL Systems, a spin out from MIT, already provides a sytem of personalized learning that make use of learning styles., automatically creating personalized modules on the fly fpr each student Register for a demo though www.idlsystems.com
  • Washington Braga
    Washington Braga

    Posted 8 years and 10 months ago

    Washington Braga from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil comments on How will you use technology to learn?
    As long as one considers learning as an individualized process, each one learning at a different pace, instruction needs to be that way, however difficulty that may be. This is clear an impossible task for lectures but it may be reasonable to computer aided instruction. Not sure if open courseware, as it stands now, turns this possible, perhaps not, but certainly learning through nets is the way.
  • Ian Nairn
    Ian Nairn

    Posted 9 years ago

    Ian Nairn from Bradford on Avon, UK comments on How will you use technology to learn?
    The success of the education system around the world is critical to us all and I commend the Academy for its insight to recognise the need to create solutions to deliver advanced personalised learning. In the UK we have researched, developed and delivered a knowledge network (Taecanet) that enables a small group of teachers to "harvest" relevant internet based resources, link them to learning objectives and assessment and then deliver them to a much wider teacher / student population to support personalised learning at home and/or at school. Tracking & reporting of students progress means that both students and teachers get immediate feedback. The students can work at their own pace and are rewarded through the process of learning with access to short periods of online games. The teachers get detailed feedback / reports which can help them with decisions on intervention at both individual and class levels. Students find this approach to personalised learning fun. Teachers find it easy to build into the teaching practice. Having delivered over 2 million learning journeys to students from the UK and around the world we now have a growing body of evidence that this approach increases attainment. Being web based it ensures the widest access and the cost of delivery can be less than $2 per student per year. And yet there is still much to do in terms of increasing the impact of assessment to drive even deeper decisions on the personal learning pathways that the individual students take. We believe working together with other educationalists, learning technologists, engineers & others we can start to make a difference.
  • luisella
    luisella

    Posted 9 years and 3 months ago

    luisella from Italia comments on How will you use technology to learn?
    Very important to study with other persons: for the cooperation, compartecipation, cohomprension socialisation. Contemporany, the personal study is important, like a singular process of mediting, inintuitions and correlations.
  • Daniel
    Daniel

    Posted 9 years and 3 months ago

    Daniel from San Francisco comments on How will you use technology to learn?
    I spent 12 years in the tech industry, now I'm a teacher, and working on my Master's in Teaching. Individualized, adaptive, multi-media instruction is the ultimate in personal learning. To provide exactly what every individual needs to learn, in formats that are tailored specifically to them, is an educational "holy grail". Technology provides an incredibly effective and efficient means to deliver academic curricula to students. It is tragically underused and often abscent in today's "modern" classrooms. That said, until there is a major advancement and utilization of Virtual Reality, that delivery needs be in a classroom-like setting wherein the teacher acts as a guide, motivator, and catalyst for critical thinking and analysis of the vast amounts of information being obtained. The classrrom also provides situational support for implementation and practice through real-life means. Knowledge without meaning (or context) is pointless. And what about the curriculum? Who decides what it is that students will and should learn? What is developmentally appropriate? Currently in the U.S. each state and district decides these things. What about in a global educational system? With the development of open courseware, the information is available for delivery. But alas, it's mostly for adults. Are we ever going to move out of the 18oo's with elementary grades education?
  • Srinivasan Ramani
    Srinivasan Ramani

    Posted 9 years and 4 months ago

    Srinivasan Ramani from Bangalore comments on How will you use technology to learn?
    1. Improved in education could have as large an impact on societies around the world as abolition of slavery had two centuries ago. It could form the basis of an international initiative, increasing prosperity all over, and reducing human misery. 2. Online learning has so far been a technology without an adequate scientific base. Expanding and strengthening this base will require advanced, multi-disciplinary research. 3. You cannot have systems which help a learner about which you can say "forgive them; they not what they are doing". Representations of knowledge that needs learnt, its links with outside representations (including web pages), representations of a student’s current knowledge, his learning context, links to various learning resources, etc. are all necessary. These will lead to personalized learning on a grand scale. A whole new part of the service sector will emerge, as big as the traditional education sector or the financial services sector, contributing to a worldwide economic boom. 4. There is a hope that significant advances can be made in the near future with a concerted effort. 5. As action points I would suggest a) creation of a forum and its popularization, for interested researchers to network. Perhaps the National Academy of Engg website http://www.engineeringchallenges.org/cms/8996/9127/9736.aspx?notifyComment=1 where this would be posted could be that website b) Identification of one or two international conferences and/or workshops (or creation of a new series) for specialists addressing this grand challenge to gather and exchange thoughts. c) use of technology for sharing all kinds of content, including videos, open access tools and software, etc., relevant to this grand challenge. d) identifying or creating journals to serve specialists working on this grand challenge. Srinivasan Ramani May 3, 2008
  • Laura
    Laura

    Posted 9 years and 5 months ago

    Laura from Corvallis, Or comments on How will you use technology to learn?
    The idea of personalized learning seems like it is a good idea and could be very beneficial, but I feel like a lot of the learning we encounter is through the personal experiences of others that cannot be expressed through an online program. The best way to learn something is to engage in conversation and interact with other people that are knowledgable on that subject, not just through a modified program.