3 ways Impero supports personalized learning
We hear a lot about personalized learning in education these days. But what is it, exactly, and how does it work? The Aurora Institute (formerly iNACOL) defines personalized learning as “tailoring learning for each student’s strengths, needs and interests–including enabling student voice and choice in what, how, when and where they learn–to provide flexibility and supports to ensure mastery of the highest standards possible.” When it comes to personalized learning, differentiation is a key element. Rather than using a linear approach to instruction, instruction is tailored to each student’s individual learning style.
Why should schools follow the personalized learning model?
Studies note many benefits to personalized learning, including improved academic performance and student engagement. Although there are many ways to personalize learning, many schools use technology to provide personalized instruction and to access data to understand students’ strengths and weaknesses. Indeed, the use of technology – when implemented appropriately and with the proper training – can help teachers personalize instruction. For example, teachers can provide students with access to online lessons that let students work at their own pace. These lessons might adapt to students as they learn – for example, providing more challenging questions as the student masters content. Some lessons also have features that support English Language Learners or students who need to have the instructions read out loud. Some lessons let students choose the topics that interest them most which improves engagement, the list goes on… but personalized learning is difficult without physical technology in place.
Many schools are moving to a 1:1 program to help improve their abilities to support personalized learning. When students have increased access to devices, it gives them more opportunities to access personalized content, resources and a more structured lesson designed directly for their learning needs.
How can Impero help?
Impero’s monitoring and management software, Impero Education Pro, helps schools get the most out of their 1:1 programs and supports personalized learning in three big ways.
- Real-time monitoring. Teachers can view thumbnail images of students’ screens in real-time. This allows them to see if a student is struggling with an assignment, or if a student is off-task. When teachers can monitor students’ activity on the devices, they can better personalize instruction. For example, if a student appears to be struggling with an assignment, the teacher can step in to assist and perhaps provide a different assignment that is more tailored to that student’s skills or interests.
- Messaging and live chat. Teachers can send messages to individual students or to the entire class to provide instructions or keep them on task. It also allows live chat. So, for instance, if a teacher sees that a student is struggling with a math problem, he or she can start a live chat to talk the student through it. By allowing direct and discreet communication, the teacher is able to immediately see what a student needs help with and can provide personal attention to that student or group of students. The teacher can also send links directly to a student, group of students or a class. For example, they can send a login to allow a student to access a new assignment once they have mastered the current one.
- Remote control. The teacher has the ability to remote control student devices to lend assistance or demonstrate tasks. This can also help to personalize instruction.
Personalized learning can have many benefits for students, teachers and staff. Learn more about how Impero can help by scheduling a demonstration.