I have just watched videos and read articles concerning Personalized learning. As a Germanic Philology University teacher, I guess this method should be very useful regarding linguistics because like math (demonstrated in the videos), it is a “pseudo-scientific” discipline, in which students have to apply themselves, for instance, to “discover” all those forms (relating in particular to phonology) coming from in the Indo-European languages in the developing phase into Common Germanic.
However, I think that the same system could be useful for history and literature, above all to learn dates and literary genres or authors’ name of a particular work: in all these occasions, Khan Academy could represent a very good opportunity, which could be taken as a model to adapt Germanic Philology lessons,which include very different topics, as already mentioned in my other blogs.
Moreover, I should point out it is positive to have both elements, e.g. technology and teacher’s presence in the class. In fact, we cannot exclude the teacher work together with learners and use just technology, if we do not want to incur in a “skeptic” teaching method. In fact, I have read about Carnegie Mellon University, using a “virtual peer” among students. To tell the truth, I agree it is very good for students, helping them to get better results; however without a teacher in the class, who listens to his/her pupils opinions, we run the risk to lose the human contact (specially regarding those students having psychological problems and difficulties in learning and understanding new topics) and, we ought to admit, this is the most important thing in a school and, above all, in education.