#102 – Student, software and teacher in “personalised learning”
Welcome to this episode of the Pearson Future Tech for Education Series on The Edtech Podcast. My name is Sophie Bailey and each week, in this series, I’ll be exploring the challenges and opportunities of future tech for education with contributors from across industry, research and academia.
What’s in this episode?
What is personalized learning? What is it not? Is there an evidence base yet for personalised learning and what does the research evidence show us about the contexts where personalized learning works best? What is the role of student, software and teacher in a personalised learning context? What questions should we be asking?
Richard Fulford, Head of Science, The Latymer School, UK
I taught at Invicta for 9 years, moving from NQT to Associate Assistant Headteacher whilst taking responsibility for the biology and science departments as well as CPD and teaching and learning at different levels and times.
I have recently moved to the Latymer School In Tottenham and enjoy working with very able students there as well as working as an SLE in supporting other schools and as an educational consultant for both Tassomai and 20-20 Learning.
Quotes from this episode
“Personalized Learning is tailoring instruction to the individual needs, values, and interests of a particular student.”
“What are the key elements of feedback and what do we need to tailor the instruction?”
“Personalized learning is still the future at this point.”
“As we’re building that future, we need to be thinking about the balance between the technology, the teacher, and the student.”
“It’s not about one teacher providing 32 different lesson plans. It’s for a teacher to understand the needs of a student and responding to them, whether that’s giving a different worksheet or spending more time with them.”
“Adaptive teaching is responding to people in your class and helping them along.”
“You can have as much data as you’d like on class progress, but how do you know how good it is? Is what you’re seeing in the spreadsheet truly reliable?”
“Seeing people adapt and respond to students is much more progress-making and much more reassuring than the lesson plan being followed.”
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