Explore, Play, Share! 25 Tools for Personalized Learning

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Jamie Saponaro  
Raise your hand if you're overwhelmed with the multitude of edtech tools out there! Which would be the best to personalize learning? Check out a portal of tools, then explore and evaluate them in Jigsaw teams! Come to join in some fun, collaborative learning!

Audience: Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators, Coaches
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: For mobile devices, an app can be downloaded for easy access to all content and resources.
iOS -

Google Play -

Topic: Personalized learning
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Computer science, Language arts
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Digital Citizen Advocate
  • Support educators and students to critically examine the sources of online media and identify underlying assumptions.
For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session
Related exhibitors:
Book Creator
, ClassLink
, Edpuzzle
, Wakelet
, Seesaw Learning
, Canva for Education
, Microsoft Corporation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The workshop goals consist of:
1) Differentiated instruction with respect to content, process, and product and how learning preferences play a role in personalized learning.

2) The process of exploring, discussing, and evaluating free educational technology tools in a meaningful and purposeful way that benefit students based on how they learn as well as offering them choice in the tools they use to construct knowledge and show their understanding in a personalized learning environment. Some of the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic tools that are highlighted include Make Beliefs Comix, Voki, FlipGrid, EdPuzzle, SeeSaw, Fakebook and many more.

3) Modeling the instructional strategy of cooperative learning and small group instruction as the framework of the workshop to promote collaboration and communication in the classroom in a structured way that promotes individual accountability and ownership of student learning.


Part A
Overview of what differentiation is and how learning styles play a role in a personalized learning environment.
(10 minutes)

Part B
Reflection of what participant's own Learning Styles may be, sharing in teams of 3. Brief overview of digital tools, sorted by learning style.
(10 minutes)

Part C
Participants will then be assigned "Learning Style Roles" and:
1) Explore the differentiated technology tools, independently and take note of tools of interest.
(5 Minutes)
2) Report to their Jigsaw Expert Group.
3) Examine, test, evaluate and discuss the DI tech tools that were of interest, based on meaningfulness and quality.
4) Come to consensus on the top 3 DI tech tools.
5) Record in their designated Google Slide, the:
-NAME of the tool
-Its URL
-An EXPLANATION of the tool
(15 Minutes)

6) Report back to their original team to use Roundtable to share about their Top 3 List and discuss the reasoning for their consensus choices.
(15 Minutes)

Part D
Share as a whole and debrief workshop goals of personalized learning, meaningfully selected educational technology tools, and the instructional strategy of cooperative learning as the framework.
(5 minutes)

(Timeframe to be adjusted if need be.)

Supporting research

Personalized Learning: A Guide for Engaging Students with Technology
By Peggy Grant, Dale Basye

The Differentiated Classroom - Responding to the Needs of All Learners - by, Carol Ann Tomlinson

Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction - ASCD

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Jamie Saponaro, InTECHgration

With 30 years of education experience, Jamie Meola Saponaro is a former teacher and technology administrator and currently is an instructional strategies consultant and technology integration specialist. With a style of facilitation as opposed to presentation, Jamie provides professional development through coaching, mentoring, and engaging hands-on workshops to teachers and educational leaders. She is also the author of the book, Creative Projects Using Popular Computer Applications and, as Director of Educational Success for ClassLink, she leads professional learning experiences, co-hosts the podcast LinkedUp: Breaking Boundaries in Education, and produces the podcast Perspectives: Finding Common Ground.

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