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Tech Report  November 1, 2018

Using Technology to Personalize Learning in K–12 Schools

SRI Authors Linda Shear



SRI International (2018). Using Technology to Personalize Learning in K-12 Schools.


Using technology to personalize learning has become a high-profile trend in K–12 education. Personalized learning—generally conceptualized as tailoring learning experiences to individual students’ needs and interests—has been a centerpiece of education for students with disabilities for several decades. Now it is a term used widely to describe a variety of technologies, reform agendas, and instructional approaches for all student populations. Educators are looking to personalized learning approaches to move beyond one-size-fits-all schooling to new approaches that address both persistent and emerging educational challenges, such as achievement gaps and student disengagement. Educators are also seeking ways to keep up with the needs of a rapidly changing world in which student populations are increasingly diverse, workforce needs are shifting more toward 21st century competencies, and workers of tomorrow will need to take on more responsibility to manage their own lifelong learning and professional development.

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