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Why Mark Zuckerberg Wants to Spend on Personalized Learning

When Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan announced Tuesday night that they will give away almost all of their Facebook shares for charitable purposes, they wrote that their initial focus would be “personalized learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities.”

Curing disease and building communities seem straightforward, but you may be wondering what “personalized learning” is.

Sometimes called “teach to one” or “adaptive technology,” personalized learning uses interactive software to tailor lessons and assignments to individual students, in order to reflect their strengths and weaknesses, and the pace at which they learn.

That’s not the same as educational computer games.