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Best Games, Apps, and Sites for Personalized Learning

When learning isn't attentive to each student's needs, many are likely to check out, either bored and unchallenged or unable to keep up. These great personalized learning tools help teachers put each student first, letting individual interests, abilities, and goals drive learning. They range from subject-specific tools for math and ELA that adjust to students' needs to teacher-focused tools that aid personalized learning design and instruction.

If you're interested in student-centered approaches to learning, make sure to check out our Great Resources for Student-Centered Learning. If you're a math teacher, you might also be interested in our Best Adaptive Math Games and Sites list.

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Personalized Learning Tools for Math

Zearn

Innovative combo of live instruction and adaptive online math lessons

Bottom line: If you're looking for the perfect balance of online lessons and in-person support, at home or in school, look no further.

Redbird Mathematics

Excellent adaptive math for flipped or blended classrooms

Bottom line: If you're looking for courseware for your classroom, this is based on solid research and proven technology.

DreamBox Learning Math

Individualized game-based math adapts to kids' needs

Bottom line: Excellent all-in-one solution for extra math support and practice, with solid adaptive tech that supplements but doesn't replace curriculum.

MobyMax

Track progress, play games with standards-aligned multi-subject lessons

Bottom line: Use these standards-based lessons to promote independent, self-driven learning and monitor student growth, but avoid over-reliance on them.

Tailor-ED

Create differentiated math lessons and assessments in minutes

Bottom line: Easy differentiation and unique insights that can improve math instruction.

Freckle

Target skills and differentiate with dynamic practice and assessments

Bottom line: Rich with content-aligned assessments, printable worksheets, and progress analytics; mindful teachers will find it a valuable resource to promote skills mastery through practice.

Khan Academy

Missions boost learning with balance of focus and freedom to explore

Bottom line: A solid resource for math and science instruction as well as foundational knowledge in a number of other high school subjects.

Think Through Math

Great adaptive learning comes with live teacher support, unique rewards

Bottom line: A fantastic, comprehensive program where teachers can track progress and motivate using meaningful rewards.

Mathspace

Personalized, step-by-step math coaching challenges and adapts

Bottom line: A solid, adaptive curriculum that guides kids as they work out problems.

Knowre

Boost math skills with personalized learning, targeted lesson support

Bottom line: With adaptive features and solid support, it's a fantastic tool to support your instruction.

Personalized Learning Tools for ELA and Languages

Articulation Station

Pricey but definitely worth it for kids struggling with pronunciation

Bottom line: For helping students with letter and word pronunciation, this highly valuable tool is worth the cost.

Lalilo

K-2 literacy program offers comprehensive, adaptive activities

Bottom line: An easy-to-recommend tool thanks to its broad coverage of key skills and nice balance of student-driven and teacher-differentiated learning.

Lexia Reading Core5

Interactive reading program promotes targeted, individualized growth

Bottom line: A good blended reading platform that offers students some choices, and teachers actionable data and useful offline resources.

ReadTheory

Useful, adaptive tool for assessing, tracking reading ability

Bottom line: It's very utilitarian, but what it does it does well: getting students test-ready by effectively assessing and tracking reading ability.

Actively Learn

Empowering reader keeps kids actively, independently engaged

Bottom line: Far beyond the average e-reader, this tool helps students connect and stay engaged while teachers easily measure progress.

Duolingo

Ever-growing, free courses cement learning in six languages

Bottom line: Sparkling, holistic learning for five traditional European languages plus English.

Personalized Learning Tools for Assessment and Instruction

Goalbook Toolkit

Set tailored targets with pricey but worth-it kit of tools, strategies

Bottom line: You pay for quality with Goalbook Toolkit, including access to clear, well-crafted learning goals and strategies that allow for far easier differentiation.

Classkick

Easy-to-use, real-time monitoring, feedback, and assessment for 1-to-1

Bottom line: It's a great option for teachers who want to go paperless, provide specific feedback, and encourage collaboration among students in 1-to-1 classrooms.

Kiddom

LMS offers tangible options to differentiate learning

Bottom line: An excellent option for monitoring individual progress toward goals, but teachers will need to be deliberate when selecting and assigning content.

Wizer

Digital worksheet builder lets students show learning in multiple ways

Bottom line: Students will appreciate this 21st-century take on worksheets, and teachers will love all the different options for creation and assessment.

CAST UDL Book Builder

Sensitively designed so any student can write and share books

Bottom line: CAST UDL Book Builder is an excellent resource to get kids started on digital content creation; it's simple and straightforward and caters to a variety of learning styles.

Mindprint Learning

Expert feedback and tools designed for individual learner profiles

Bottom line: This impressive tool uses normed digital assessments to create a specific learning profile and provide authentic tools for individual learners.

Formative

Superb real-time assessment tool a fit for 1-to-1, BYOD classrooms

Bottom line: Cleverly designed for teachers, Formative offers a flexible and attractive solution for gathering a variety of student response types and offering individualized feedback.

ClassFlow

Robust lesson-creation, presentation tool offers built-in assessment

Bottom line: This powerful tool supports connected and blended learning from instruction to assessment, though it's best used to enhance already great instruction.

Knewton

Adaptive instructional site simplifies lessons, tracks progress

Bottom line: Useful adaptive-learning site is limited in scope and sequence but should improve with time.

Rezzly

Leveling and quests turn classes into personalized adventures

Bottom line: A ready-to-go platform for introducing game-based learning principles into assessment and class structure, but success and engagement depend on solid class content.

Showbie

Flexible desktop, mobile assignment tool works best with pro features

Bottom line: A flexible way to collect student assignments and offer written and verbal feedback, especially with the premium features.

Credly

Great how-to content, flexible features boost digital badge tool

Bottom line: A useful tool for issuing digital badges.

Pairin

Robust personality survey for students results in real-world insights

Bottom line: For educators who have the time, drive, and buy-in, this program is a great data-analysis and character-development tool.

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