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The Best & Worst Of “Personalized Learning”


Personalized learning is a big education buzzword these days, and most of the time it means using technology is some sort of magical way so that students can have their own individual learning path.

I, and others, have many concerns about that definition, and you can read more about them at The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning.”

Pernille Ripp has written an excellent description of what personalized learning can mean in a non-technology way in her post, 6 Changes Toward Personalized Learning.

I’d suggest it really looks like just plain good differentiated instruction in the classroom (see The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction).

If you want to learn what personalized learning means in the context of all the high-tech, big money, applications, you probably want to check out Education Week’s new big feature, Taking Stock of Personalized Learning.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. Mr. Ferlazzo,

    I recently read your post “The Best & Worst of Personalized Learning.” I’d like to invite you to look at Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey’s work concerning personalized learning. They have been learning/sharing information and research about personalized learning for several years and have an informative website: Personalize Learning: and Corwin Press has also just published their first book, Make Learning Personal:

    Thanks for sharing helpful resources and information for the education community. You help so many with your sharing and writing.

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