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A 3-step recipe for personalized learning

Here's how to lay the groundwork for individualized and differentiated learning

What are the ingredients and directions in a recipe for personalized learning?

Take one learning platform (because we want only one place to go for everything) and add a variety of digital content and learning applications from all different sources.

Next, whisk the content until it’s broken down into discrete learning objects that can be made available to the right student at the right time for the right learning objective.

Sounds like a great technique for achieving individualized and differentiated learning, doesn’t it?

Well, let’s break this down a little bit further because it involves quite a bit of behind-the-scenes maneuvering to make possible everything in that little “recipe” that might not be so obvious.

Step 1: Authentication and rostering
Student, teachers, and classes need to be set up in the learning platform and accounts have to be correctly assigned. To save teachers or tech departments from manually creating roster files, school districts should adopt standard ways of rostering students.

It’s not just rostering in the learning platform, it’s rostering all of the different instructional software being used in a district. How are students going to get access to all of those systems? How can we keep from having a list of unsecured passwords that is as long as the instructions for filing federal tax forms?

Think of this as everyone being able to use the same front door to access all the instructional software and never having to wait in line. No more going to different login screens; no more remembering different user names and passwords. This concept of standardization—or having an agreed-upon way to handle a technical thing like rostering—is called interoperability.

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