Technology Counts 2011 K-12 Seeks Custom Fit: Schools Test Individualized Digital Learning Sponsored by:

March 17, 2011

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Vol. 30, Issue 25
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OVERVIEW
Educators are turning to technology and different teaching and learning approaches to provide more personalized learning experiences for students.
A Web-based program modeled on a Russian math curriculum is showing positive results, especially in economically disadvantaged schools.
The iZone is trying new and different ways of educating students and managing schools, with a heavy emphasis on customized digital learning.
A Vermont initiative to improve learning in middle schools is working through the challenges of using the latest digital tools and different teaching approaches.
Interactivity
Experts say technology and research have evolved to the point where educators can actually have a sense of the impact of games on individual learners.
Technology is pushing the boundaries of personalized learning, helping students customize their own classroom experiences.
E-Curriculum
Credit recovery is one of the areas of fastest growth for virtual learning, and course designers must be especially creative when developing the curricula.
The online schools are essentially serving as a research base for evaluating the effectiveness of personalized virtual learning for high achievers.
Individual Challenges
Educators and researchers are exploring how to embed assessments into digital curricula to better understand the needs of individual students.
Assistive technologies for students with disabilities are highly customized and could be used to personalize learning for students without disabilities, experts say.
What Works?
Determining what approaches work best when using digital tools to customize education is proving to be challenging.
This year, the Technology Counts data section shines the spotlight on teachers' use of technology. Download the data. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader
Digital advancements are forcing policymakers to rethink policies addressing student use of mobile devices, online textbooks, and social networking sites for learning.