Curriculum Development for Personalized Learning with Kiddom
Like many concepts in education, there is no one agreed-upon definition of what personalized learning is. In most schools today, it is more of an umbrella term that overlaps with other educational concepts. Differentiated instruction, blending learning, and competency-based education seems to all fall under this category. When it comes to sustaining personalized learning, one of the greatest hurdles for any teacher is effectively meeting every student's needs. Furthermore, the teacher must remain mindful of staying true to curriculum standards while attempting to meet these diverse needs. We all know that one size does not fit all and that not all students are on the same page, let alone in the same book.
Personalized learning starts with the learner. Learning is specifically tailored both to the interests of each learner and in consideration of their abilities rather than their age or grade level. This is essential to successful implementation. Personalized Learning takes a holistic view of the child's skills, interests, and strengths and in return, gives the learner ownership of their education. Although personalized learning is a daunting task in any school setting there are ways to help implement this learning opportunity for teachers.
Kiddom’s Planner makes the organization and implementation of personalized learning easier, intuitive, and efficient. When using Kiddom on your browser, you can open and access your Planner directly to the right of your timeline. I love this setup; the benefit of lining up your curriculum planner right next to your weekly timeline helps you visualize and plan for the week ahead. Easily plan for what assignments are coming up, and keep your topics and goals on target. No piles of papers and calendars to sort through; it’s all beautifully organized on one screen. You can easily break your curriculum down into units and assignments, selecting the class or specific students for whom the task is assigned.
One of Kiddom’s greatest advantages is that it caters to the needs of differently-paced students, and that’s especially clear with this feature. You can have three versions of the same basic assignment tailored to the levels of mastery in the class. It’s easy to select which version you’d like to use and to target, say, the top mastery level of your class as calculated by Kiddom and available to choose in the drop-down menu. Or, perhaps instead of groupings on mastery levels, you’ve set up three different assignments based on how your students learn best: via multiple choice quiz, short answer, or creative assignment. You can then choose each one of the tasks you’ve created and invite specific students to participate in that personalized assignment. Alternatively, maybe you’ve got two or three different stations working in your classroom and need to assign separate tasks to each. You can see where we’re going with this... the student groupings and their particular needs are accommodated with ease. Kiddom’s content library of free, standards-aligned resources assists with this, offering options and flexibility with what you choose to share and assign to your students. You don’t have to come up with individualized assignments on your own; Kiddom is equipped with hundreds of options for you to browse and design your own playlists.
A playlist is a concept being used in educational settings to implement personalized learning. A digital playlist consists of digital learning resources supported in an LMS program. These individualized playlists use algorithms to determine self-directed learning and personalized learning environments. In other words, a playlist is a set of tools that empowers educators to manage what each child does to meet their personalized learning goals. It also functions as a customized workspace for students to cultivate and manage their own work. Playlists allow educators to help students accelerate in any areas where they are already advanced, and work on areas that require more attention and development. The possibilities for making your own playlists with Kiddo are endless.
Kiddom has clearly worked steadily and consciously to create an app so aware of the needs of the modern classroom, focusing heavily on a tech-forward approach to help unburden teachers so that they can personalize instruction. This is what teachers love so much about the app; Kiddom isn’t merely reinventing the wheel of organizational, student-participation platform apps by taking what’s already out there and tweaking it. It is offering an entirely progressive approach for the new classroom and making it so obligingly accessible that anyone can get on board and get started. I wholeheartedly believe teachers should investigate Kiddom’s Planner as a curriculum development tool for next year. I spent a lot of hours geeking out with Kiddom’s Planner; I think you’ll do the same!