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Online Tools to Help Personalize Learning

Online Tools to Help Personalize Learning

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There are many online tools that can help teachers differentiate instruction and personalize learning. A few of my recent favorites are: Storyjumper- help kids create and publish their own story book : Storybird- Collaborative storytelling/publishing online Glogster- allows students to create digital posters- my high school sophomore is using this now: Graphic organizers for brainstorming and ordering information: Voicethread: Adds audio and conversations to pictures, slides There are a bunch of other ideas here as well: What kind of online tools do you use in your classroom or would you consider using? Have you considered adding blogging or wikis into your classroom to help students create a personal learning profile/collection of their work that they can share with others? What kind of things have you found most helpful as web-based tools?

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Joe's picture
Teach For America Corps Member , EdTech enthusiast

Hi Whitney,

Thanks for setting up this thread! Very informative! I hope that my post is just as helpful to you and other readers--

At Actively Learn, we are developing the best web-based reading environment for students. Like you, we want students to get more out of reading. Based on our experience as teachers, we have designed software (optimized for iPads) that makes it possible for you to teach your students to become advanced readers. You can ask questions, add comments, and embed multimedia links in the classic English and history texts you already assign.

Perhaps most importantly, and most pertinent to this thread, is the opportunity to personalize learning using Actively. Our software allows you to bring your own questions and content into the text to make it relevant to your students--regardless of their levels. Teachers can also provide in-line, real time feedback to their students! Finally, the data collected using the software helps inform teachers of their students' strengths and areas of growth.

Please visit for an invite to use the software in your classes. We would love your feedback on your experience using the software with classic English and history texts, and any texts you are licensed to use from the internet.


Aja Whitten's picture for personalized grammar, for webquests, qr codes

Cameron Leslie's picture
Cameron Leslie
5th grade math/ science teacher from Council Grove, Kansas

I have used this great website that has students brainstorm using a web. I used it to create a readers theater with my students.

It was awesome to see the students manipulate the story web. I used it for words, creating math problems and explaining how they got their answer.

Gwen Pescatore's picture
Gwen Pescatore
President Home & School Assoc, #ParentCamp Organizer, Co-Moderator #PTchat

Thanks for sharing Cameron! My daughter is using it now to organize her thoughts for her blog post right now.

ilona's picture

when we talk about personalized learning, it worth to mention learning management systems (LMS) They not only work as frameworks for learning but help to find personal approach to each learner. Using LMS you can create learning paths, include more visual content or include forums and social platform integration for communication.
Based on personal knowledge, abilities and previous excercises outcome, a student learns at his own pace, decides how much time should be spent on one or another topic.
Nowadays many Learning Management Systems (LMS) offer social platforms integration that can help here as nothing else: JoomlaLMS + JomSocial for Joomla! CMS or WordPress equivalent LearnDash + BuddyPress for example

Noreen's picture
Preschool / preK tteacher in DC.

There are so many technology tips being offered here. And they all sound great. I guess I am kind of old school - thinking about creating different kids of explorative opportunities for students in order to support them in meeting my set goal.
So, as I teach my pre-K students, I try to embed strategies / activities that appeal to the different modalities consistent with Howard Gardner's ideas about multiple intelligences. AM I the only one thinking about it from this angle?

Dan Callahan's picture
Dan Callahan
Professional Learning Specialist, Edcamper, Graduate Professor

Mike, I like the way you're using your class wiki. If a person worked in a Google Apps district, they could do similarly with either Google Sites or Google Docs.

Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Online Community Engagement Manager

Noreen, this discussion is specifically about online tools for differentiation, which is why most of the tips being offered are tech-based. :-)

You're certainly not alone though. I've seen many comments from the community here focusing on both tech and non-tech strategies for connecting lesson content to student strengths/interests.

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