Article – PERSONALISING LEARNING: THE OPPORTUNITIES OFFERED BY TECHNOLOGY taken from BECTA
Article PLa2 illustrates BECTA views on PL and technology can support and advance PL.
Let’s recap on PL from the previous entry @ article with the support of today’s article.
The pedagogy of PL is learner-centred but do not mistaken it as INDIVIDUALISED LEARNING. PL stresses on collective method. PL keywords are  inclusion  choice and preference  engagement and participation  responsiveness  flexibility  tailored and adaptable  independence.
PL SEVEN key elements are ;
 Learning and teaching dynamic
 Flexible curriculum
 Learning environment
 Support networks
 Personalised content
 Responsive infrastructure
The existence of technology advocates these elements.
A. Learning and teaching dynamic
Technology can  enable all learners to experience a greater variety of teaching and learning styles–Technology with the likes of Smartboard, Airset, Moodle, Blog (all being used in the class) creates options and choices for both teacher and learner to teach and learn. This brings us to  blur the distinction between the roles of teacher and learner.–The teacher learns from the students new things when students forumised. At the same time, students observed the teacher in using the Smartboard to create activities. Beyond that, we have students teaching their peers on how to use certain tools. Therefore, I can surmise that technology in PL does  provide opportunities for a greater range of interactions with real or virtual teachers. With technology, interaction went outside the four walls of the classroom and it was not confined to 9-5. Interaction is 24/7 with a great deal of flexibility.
Where does PL makes it debut here-LEARNING AND TEACHING DYNAMIC?
PL is where the students learning is not limited only to the classroom or even the 9-5 time. PL is where the students can use technology to assist their learning. PL is where the teacher uses technology to cater to reach out to the different individuals. PL is where the teacher gathers all learners under the technology umbrella and learning occur with one another. PL is where learning and teaching is a cyclical progress among teacher and students. PL is where teacher holds the learning umbrella with all the students but the teacher indirectly guides the students where to go with the umbrella.
Technology can  enable assessment of learners and the records of their achievements to be available to them, their teachers, and their parents when they want it and in the format that they want it. I would only think the function of grading in MOODLE which allows the user-student sees his/her record.  enable more effective and efficient diagnostic and assessment tools that provide ongoing and instantaneous feedback. This can be done via blogging. Lecturer or teacher gives question or assignment and student are to blog the assignment. This allows the teacher to give monitor the progress and also give instant feedback. Therefore, guiding the students to “correct” the assignment. The technology mentioned earlier  enable learners to be assessed at times and in ways that are appropriate to their own stages of development. At the same time, technology  helps learners to become more actively involved in designing and carrying out their own assessments. In this part, technology such as e-forum enables the student design their own questions and throw it to their peers to answer them and monitor the session of QnA on that particular thrown topic. The teacher can see the evolution of cognitive and creative skills.
C. Flexible curriculum
Technology can  bridge formal and informal learning by providing a greater range of curriculum opportunities that are better matched to the needs and interests of learners. The Internet generates this platform.
D. Learning environment
Technology can  enable learners to access resources and tools to support their learning at anytime. In this aspect, items like YouTube, e-library, e-journal, produce ample of resources 24/7 while blogging becomes an outlet for the students to generate learning. Not to forget that technology  enable learners to interact with a wider range of their peers and reflect on their learning. In this sense, students can communicate online via YM, MSN, GTalk, handphones?, forum, blog etc.
E. Support networks
Technology can  provide and support a wide range of online and offline tools to improve communication and the quality and forms of feedback to learners. I can only relate it to online or offline communication tools as mentioned earlier.
F. Personalised content
Technology can  provide and support resources, tools and services that are available on demand and in an appropriate format according to learner choice. E.g. web-blog allows the learner to format the type of learning according to the individual choice. Some learners prefer to write and reflect. There are some learners who prefer to learn by joining e-forum of a certain subject where they can read what people write and comment when they feel the need to do so. Next, technology  enable resources to be indexed, distributed and presented in a variety of ways. For web-blog, there are tags and for offline content there is excel. Distribution can be done via email. Presentation can be in powerpoint or even MP3 and video format. Again, it depends how the learner want it to be shown or categorized.
G. Responsive Infrastructure
Technology can  enable learners to uniquely login securely and access their learning from any location. It can be seen as privacy is important for the user. Being able to access learning from any location encourages the learning process.
The moral of this entry is in this IT era with the emergence of z-generation, PL can offer the possible solution to learning for all.
–anglia, cheese cake, kelly chen, penny dai–