Let’s drop the phrase “one-to-one” and refer instead to “one-to-world.”Alan November

Personalized digital space design is the orchestrated use of digital devices, web apps and services that help accomplish student-centered tasks in face-to-face and online learning environments. 

As mobile devices and web applications have taken the world by storm, cloud computing has created a centralized personalization and socialization of information that disrupts traditional K-12 practices with the teacher leading all the action at the front of the classroom. From a historical perspective, personal computers in most K-12 schools from the 1980 - early 2000’s were decentralized in the sense that they all stood alone with their local hard drive in one room. Computers in schools therefore needed to be clustered together in the same room, all having the same software, to be used in a teacher-centered environment.

It wasn’t until cloud computing came along in the mid 2000’s to centralize storage, applications and services all together. This centralization through the Internet allowed people to personalize their own content on any device they used like phones, laptops, tablets desktop computers, and TV viewing. Within the last decade, mobile devices working within a centralized network have in effect infiltrated the traditional school curriculum by sheer cultural osmosis. For teachers and students, cloud computing has created a new menu of options for their own consumer IT and content creation. Teachers and students can now design much of their own digital space in the cloud rather than just use what a school district provides or tells them what they can use for devices, applications, and services.

Currently, we live in a time where even a larger picture of personalized technology is emerging. This personalization is evolving into a plethora of devices and things that are now distributed around one’s home, school, work, and community at large while simultaneously being connected with the centralized cloud. These devices are now commonly referred to as the “Internet of Things (IoT).”

With technological innovations that both centralize content and simultaneously decentralize functions and appliances like in smart homes, or sensors in self-driving cars, students will continually have more control using technology that will deeply personalize that use as their own 'digital space' just as familiar to them as their own home. 

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