Blended Confusion: Personalized vs. Differentiated

September 19, 2013

erica-snyder While I love those stories, I am becoming increasingly more frustrated with the educational resources coming my way. More and more I am noticing that the stories in those readings – ASCD SmartBrief, Education Week, EdSurge, etc. – are mentioning blended learning, which is good, but their misuse of terminology is making an already blurry concept blurrier.

I am glad to see more and more districts rethinking how to integrate technology into their classrooms and curriculum. However, the rise of another buzz word as a method of blended learning – in this case ‘personalization’ – has me a bit befuddled.  Here is the confusion: why are educational resources misusing personalized learning as a substitute for differentiated? How is this helping the blended community clarify their message and methods? How is the public understanding these differences and making informed decisions about what they would like for their students?

To me, the confusion just increases without the educational community being more intentional about their word choice and the programs they are referring to. So what is the difference? When determining what type of blended program to use or describing the program already in place, what is the correct terminology?

Read @Snyder_Erica ‘s complete post on her blog HERE.