If you take a look at the way that many schools handle the teaching of their students, it’s likely that you’ll see that the functionality and the curriculum haven’t really changed much at all over the last 100 years. Many believe that this antiquated system and way of teaching isn’t fitting for this technological age. The idea here is not to focus on the need for change in the system, but rather the plausibility of what advanced education technology can bring to both students and educators.
Would educators be able to embrace schooling that would be built to allow students, as individuals, to be taught at a different pace from other students? Technology, today, allows teachers to accelerate the learning of some students while allowing other struggling students the opportunity to be taught at a different pace and level.
Before, teachers did not have the means, time, or training to isolate an individual student’s needs. Now it is possible. Thirty years ago most students did not have the devices that they do now. They did not have the access to computers at school or at home that they do now. The use of learning applications libraries, math question banks, and digital curricula is readily available. Our country knows more about learning and teaching than we ever had before. The ability to meet a student’s individual needs in learning is available to educators. To refuse to see that these needs can truly be met now would be nothing more than stubborn resistance.
There are some schools that have chosen to embrace technology platforms and the ability to teach according to a student’s needs. These classrooms look absolutely different from traditional classrooms. Taking a look at how students respond to this change, we see that most, if not all, students gravitate to these personalized learning environments. Many students find this new way of learning not only engaging but fun as well. The intellectual growth within these classrooms, as well as communication between students and teachers, is much higher than average in these settings.
In the end, personalized learning is not only plausible, but possible for everyone. It comes down to embracing this new way of teaching and working toward a future where learning and teaching is built on technology that we’ve already embraced in every other way.
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