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Personalized Learning: Giving Students a V.O.I.C.E.

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Sunday, June 23, 1:30–2:30 pm
Location: 201BC

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Personalizing the Blended Classroom

Matthew Oberecker  
When learning is truly personalized, each student has a V.O.I.C.E. in the learning process. (Variety of ways to demonstrate understanding, Ownership of learning, Innovation and creativity opportunities, Collaboration, and Engagement). Students will not only demonstrate their understanding of the subject matter — they’ll come to understand themselves.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: I will present via Nearpod, which can be accessed through the Nearpod app or any web browser. The "Lesson Code" will be displayed at the beginning of the presentation and can be accessed for up to 1 month after the presentation.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Personalized learning
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences using a variety of research-based, learner-centered instructional strategies and assessment tools to address the diverse needs and interests of all students.
For Education Leaders:
Connected Learner
  • Develop the skills needed to lead and navigate change, advance systems and promote a mindset of continuous improvement for how technology can improve learning.
For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

• Purpose— When learning is truly personalized, each student has a V.O.I.C.E. in the learning process (Variety of ways to demonstrate understanding, Ownership of learning, opportunities for Innovation and creativity, Collaboration, and Engagement).
• Rationale— Teachers and administrators alike are looking for ways to leverage their human and technological resources in order to personalize learning for their students. This can be accomplished through a symbiotic relationship between pedagogy, technology, and 21st century skills. The potential for personalization exists in every classroom, at every level. It doesn’t require a leap of faith, only an open mind. Equipped with voice, choice, and agency, students will not only demonstrate their understanding of the subject matter-- they’ll come to understand themselves.
• Audience— Giving Students a V.O.I.C.E. speaks directly to K-12 teachers, administrators, and researchers motivated to learn about personalized learning. This burgeoning educational approach has the potential to not only reinvigorate teachers, but also pave pathways for each of our students to discover their individual passions, approaches, and voices.
• Instructional Electronic Resources— Attendees will leave with a better understanding of what personalized learning means to them and their students. They will have the opportunity to use their personal devices (phones, tablets, laptops) to download PDF versions of V.O.I.C.E. resources for their classrooms (posters, infographics, and manuscripts).


The presentation will be delivered through a combination of PowerPoint Online and Microsoft Forms.

1. Vision for Workshop, 5 minutes (What, Why, and How)
2. How Do You Define Personalized Learning?, 7 minutes (video clip and device-based attendee responses)
3. Personalized Learning: Practical or Impractical?, 7 minutes (device-based attendee responses)
4. V.O.I.C.E. resources, 7 minutes (attendees can view/download PDF resources)
5. Closing, 4 minutes (V.O.I.C.E. in a music classroom)

Supporting research

Research Basis— Many credible sources contribute to this presentation, including: The Classroom of Choice (Erwin, 2004), Students at the Center (Kallick & Zmuda, 2017), The Innnovator’s Mindset (Couros, 2015), Educative Assessment (Wiggins, 1998), and Leaders Eat Last (Sinek, 2014).

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Matthew Oberecker, Marple Newtown School District

Matt Oberecker has promoted 21st century skills during his 18-year career in public education. Currently he serves as the Supervisor of Science and Technology for the Marple Newtown School District in Newtown Square, PA. Matt’s passion is creating personalized classrooms where pedagogy and technology live symbiotically. Follow him on Twitter @MNSD_Oberecker and read more at

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