What is Personalized Learning?
Personalized Learning is instruction that is tailored to the needs of the individual student. Technology allows teachers to effectively and efficiently assess and meet the needs of each student by personalizing learning.
The Greenville County Schools Associate Superintendent for Academics, Jeff McCoy, described personalized learning:
"Today's educational environment requires us to think differently in order to meet the needs of our students. Preparing them to be innovative thinkers, creative problem solvers and high level collaborators is key to their future success in their chosen career. Personalized learning changes the way teachers teach and how students learn.”
Over the next three years, students in grades 3-12 will receive a Chromebook as a part of the Greenville County Schools’ Personalized Learning initiative.
This initiative is designed to maximize the learning opportunities for every student and meet the goals of the state’s “Profile of the South Carolina Graduate.”
- Every school in Greenville County is outfitted with Wi-Fi.
- Currently, 115 buses are equipped with Wi-Fi with a goal of all buses by the end of the 2017-2018 school year.
- The district expectation is that students who pay the technology fee will be permitted to use the Chromebooks at school and at home. This fee can be paid through School Bucks or at each student’s assigned school.
Devices in the Classroom
As a student-centered district, our priority is to build better graduates. While incorporating devices into our classroom environment does not replace classroom teachers or good instructional practice, it can enhance or even transform student learning experiences.
With individual devices, your students will continue to be provided with opportunities to create, think critically, collaborate, and communicate, but in new and innovative ways. He or she may experience Yellowstone National Park through virtual reality, interview a scientist in Australia to better understand the Great Barrier Reef, co-author a
presentation for a local government official using Google Slides, or create a multimedia portfolio of his or her best work for a future employer or college application review committee..
The possibilities for individualized and meaningful instruction are endless as teachers are able to personalize content based on your child's needs, rather than insisting that all students learn at the same rate and in the same way.