How technology is affecting personalised learning
Technological advancements will always impact education but to what scale in the future? We can be sure to think that in the future, technology is going to be integrated more and more into the classroom. The correct use of technological communication in the classroom has proven to increasingly beneficial for children, this idea that “one shoe fits everyone”, when it comes to the way teachers communicate is being slowly taken away from classrooms. Personalised Learning uses emerging technology, to coordinate a more individualized learning experience which caters to the ability of the learner.
What is Personalised learning?
Personalised learning is a broad teaching format, which self-centers learning towards the student’s academic ability, needs, interests, disabilities and cultural preferences.
Technolgy has enabled the classroom to become a more individual learning space. With 97% of US school districts have invested in some form of personalised learning. Technology has been the catalyst for this change. Tech companies have produced platforms with individual material that caters to specific needs.
Children that suffer from long-term sickness can often miss months off school, due to their inability to leave the house or hospital. This, therefore, impacts their education dramatically has they consequently cannot learn. Personalised learning with the use of innovative futuristic technology has broken the classroom walls down and made learning more compatible at home. It could be as simple as live streaming a lecture through google plus, this new wave of digital communication is catering to learning, to people with specific needs. Now robots are being used in the classroom to monitor the classroom and provide interactive feedback through a digital platform which enables the child at home to interact.
Academic skill level varies between children, this sometimes has an effect on the way children learn as some content may be too hard or too easy for students. Thus meaning some children are learning less or may not understand the subject. This is one issue brought up with traditional teaching methods, with contrasts the methods of personalized learning, traditional teaching methods seem to disregard the fact that all children learn at different paces. Technology has allowed for a more individualized learning environment, MOOCs and other learning platforms offer a progressive learning format tailored to ones specific level of learning.
One 130 million dollars social investment fund called Dreambox. Is an example of a platform which performs this. Dreambox is an adaptive learning math platform, which allows students to work at their right level. It does this while helping decision making by using engaging like interactions.
Personalised learning still needs a lot of time to grow. It has proven with the help of emerging technology to be extremely successful in some cases. However, in other, it hasn’t been so impactful. An American report conducted in 2017 said that some schools actually performed worse with the use of personalized learning. There is also a concern from adults about the increased screen time children are subjected to, with reports suggesting that increased screen time in children may have an effect on wellbeing. Especially mental health.
The process of adapting learning to a more individual format, using technology will be a long complicated process. It will involve reconfiguring the whole school system. In order to support these technical changes. Is hard to tell if this initiative is completely cost-effective, but it seems the way education is going.