Personalising learning through the use of technology

Carol Robinson, J. Sebba

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In March 2005, the Department for Education and Skills published its e-strategy, Harnessing Technology (DfES, 2005, Harnessing technology: Transforming Learning and Children’s Services). Within this, two of its key objectives were twofold. Firstly, to transform teaching and learning, and to help to improve outcomes for children and young people, through shared ideas, more exciting lessons, and online help for professionals. The second objective was to engage ‘hard to reach’ learners, who required special needs support, in more motivating ways of learning, and to give them more choice about how and when they learn. This paper reports findings from a research project, funded by Becta, which formed part of Becta’s broader role in shaping and delivering the government’s Harnessing Technology e-strategy. The project ran from September 2007 to March 2008, and aimed to find out how learners and their representatives have influenced schools’ decisions to introduce, support and grow opportunities for personalising learning through the use of technology. The paper focuses specifically on the key facilitators and barriers, from both staff and learners’ perspectives, which influence the level of personalised learning activities using digital technology in schools.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)767-775
Number of pages9
JournalComputers & Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010


  • improving classroom teaching
  • pedagogical issues
  • teaching/learning strategies


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