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Education Elements Integrations - Simple, Scalable, Spectacular!

Education Elements

We spend a lot of time on our blog talking about personalized learning and how we work with districts and schools to create new, student-centered learning environments. And while much of this work is focused on systems-level change and shifts in teaching practice, an absolutely critical component (in fact, it’s one of our Core Four ) is the use of digital content in the classroom.

New resource: Personalized Learning Playbook

The Christensen Institute

Education Elements, an education consulting company, is one of the pioneers in blended learning. It directs educators and schools leaders to focus not on technology, but on the creation of student learning experiences that engage students and honor their individual needs and interests. The book also does a nice job articulating the point that technology has its limitations and that, contrary to the worries of some educators, technology is not a replacement of teachers. Why is personalized learning important?,

EdTech and the accessibility paradox

The Christensen Institute

Summer Cox is an exceptional student education coordinator at Henry County Public Schools in Georgia. That’s given Cox a front seat to a new movement in education, which calls for recreating classrooms in a manner that supports learning for each child. Cox has a unique outlook on where personalized learning is headed: she helps oversee the district’s special education programs and strives to ensure that students with disabilities are included in the overall vision for structural and instructional reform. For a number of years, her district has pursued personalized learning.

It’s An Elephant!

Education Elements

As a Senior Consultant at Education Elements I have the pleasure of visiting more than 100 schools and districts each year some are just starting to think about innovation and others have completely re-imagined the thing we call school. The picture above shows what often happens with a personalized learning initiative.

PL Summit: Making it Safe to Try

Education Elements

Last week, 225 personalized learning leaders descended on Silicon Valley for the Education Elements PL Summit, which included visits to schools and businesses, and dynamic discussions about personalized learning at the San Jose TECH museum. Personalized Learning Education Education Elements Personalized Classroom #plearning #plearningframework PL Summit EdTech LELA

Have Questions about DAQRI 4D Studio for Education? Let Us Help!

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Next Office Hours: This Thursday, November 13th at 1:00pm EST DAQRI Education Office Hours is a LIVE Google Hangout (GHO) that will answer questions you have about DAQRI Education, our Flagship School Program, 4D Studio for Education , or the various educational apps DAQRI has to offer. Apply for a FREE 4D Studio for Education Account NEW Elements 4D Lesson Plans!

Amazing Teacher Created Lesson Plans for Elements 4D

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Cover of the elementary lesson plans for Elements 4D Since its launch on Kickstarter in 2013, Elements 4D has generated a new level of excitement in chemistry classrooms across the country. Bringing the elements of the Periodic Table to life, Elements 4D creates an engaging, one of a kind learning experience. Elements 4D is like a portable lab.

Five Types of Digital Content Data You Can Use in Personalized Learning Pathways

Education Elements

Personalized Learning Education Elements Personalized Learning Platform Digital Content Digital Learning Solutions Adaptive Digital Content Personalized Classroom Partners Personalized Learning 101 EdTech Digital content selectionData-driven decision making is a foundation of personalized learning. The number of reports can be overwhelming and how to use them can be confusing.

This Is New York, Calling Wyoming

Education Elements

Students Teachers Blended Learning Education Education Technology Education Elements Digital Content Digital Learning Solutions Blended Learning Models Teaching and Learning Showcase Blended Classrooms Creative teaching EdTech Digital content selection technology in educationShe wanted to create a virtual pen-pal class for her 5th grade blended classroom.

My #Eddies14 Nominations

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Best Individual Blog Kleinspiration - Erin Klein : Erin is one of the brightest and most creative educators I know. Erin''s excitement and passion for education is shown in the writing and presentations. Best Teacher Blog Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension by Pernille Ripp: Pernille''s blog is not only a great educational resource, but inspiring.

Choose your partners wisely. And treat them well!

Education Elements

This is also the time of year when we at Education Elements focus on our blooming partner catalog - on building relationships with new partners, and cultivating and growing our relationships with old ones. It's spring and flowers aren't the only things blooming.

A Year of Personalized Learning: 3 Things You Need to Know

Education Elements

Personalized Learning Education Elements ImpactLast week, we released our third annual Impact Report, “The Positive Power of Personalized Learning.” In the report, we share the incredible work and positive outcomes of districts we work with across the nation, from those that are just launching personalized learning to those that are embarking on their fourth year of implementation. Since this is our third year sharing this report, I want to share three key takeaways from what we’re seeing (and celebrating) in the field.

Not just a visitor: The life of John Chubb

The Christensen Institute

Disrupting Class had come out a few months earlier, and Anthony Kim, then at Edison, invited me to speak to a gathering of educators. As a novice in the education world, I was nervous to meet this luminary. Education Blog digital learning Disrupting Class EdisonLearning education Education Elements education reform independent schools John Chubb Liberating Learning NAIS Terry MoeI first met John Chubb at an event that EdisonLearning hosted in San Francisco in February of 2009. The timing of the meeting was note-worthy from my perspective.

Education Elements Integrations - Simple, Scalable, Successful!

Education Elements

We spend a lot of time on our blog talking about personalized learning and how we work with districts and schools to create new, student-centered learning environments. And while much of this work is focused on systems-level change and shifts in teaching practice, an absolutely critical component (in fact, it’s one of our Core Four ) is the use of digital content in the classroom.

Put on Your Cowboy Boots, You’re Going on a Personalized Learning Field Trip

Education Elements

After an inspirational tour of personalized learning hotspots in Music City, your friends at Education Elements have put together the ultimate PL day-trip. Personalized Learning Education Elements Education Elements Team EdTechPut on your cowboy boots, it's about to get personalized in Nashville, TN.

6 risks to avoid when implementing personalized learning: Part 1

Education Elements

The Education Elements team has the great privilege of working with districts across the country to plan, design, and implement personalized learning. Without fail, one of the first questions district leadership teams ask us is, “What have other districts done that we should avoid?”. Personalized Learning School Districts Districts District LEaders EdTech

7 Step Diet Plan and Personalized Learning

Education Elements

Does this sound familiar for education? Personalized Learning Education Elements Education Elements Team EdTechI lost 50 lbs in one year following this diet plan, utilizing this personalized learning framework I developed. It works for diets, but it also works for learning. didn’t know where to start with my diet. I’d never done one before.

Why This Brand-New Online Tool Will Help Districts Implement Initiatives More Effectively

Education Elements

A few months ago Education Elements launched an online tool called Touchpoint. Personalized Learning Education K-12 innovationTouchpoint was designed for the districts we support. As our design & implementation consultants work with districts to support their personalized learning (PL) initiatives, the tool helps organize the project members, workshop schedules, related resources and action items in one place. you can bet your pretty penny that Touchpoint will be a lifesaver for you. All of your project stuff in one place -- heaven!

It's Not About the Tech: PL and CRE

Education Elements

The PL work in SCSD is anchored in Education Elements’ Core 4: Integrated Digital Content, Data-Driven Decisions, Targeted Instruction, and Student Ownership & Reflection. Personalized Learning Education Educators LeadersThe Syracuse City School District is in the second year of our Personalized Learning (PL) initiative. Schools are at different points of learning about, designing, and implementing school-based models to tailor student experiences to their unique strengths, needs, and interests.

Designing Your Own Home of Learning

Education Elements

My Education Elements teammates and I recently compared our work with school districts to building a house. We traditionally start our work by building a strong foundation around what personalized learning is and what it can look like for a school district. Similar to finding the perfect home for a family, our first step is clearly defining the vision of personalized learning in the school district. Then, we determine what structures and support need to happen. Personalized Learning design thinking

Constant Learning and Creative Response: Charting the Course in Personalized Learning

Education Elements

At Education Elements we try to walk the walk of personalized learning. We strive to make our workshops interactive, upbeat, and fun. We create space for spirited large and small group discussion, and we honor time for quiet individual processing and reflection. We believe teachers should be designers of their classrooms. We want school teams to build connections at our workshops. We help districts visualize their personalized learning journey. We encourage singing , dancing , and selfie-brations. You may even find us in costume !

2017 Predictions for American Education

Education Elements

Before we get too far into 2017 I like to reflect on what has been and make predictions for what the year ahead will mean for education. As a company, I can say that Education Elements will be changing the way we think about our partnerships and what these districts really value from our relationship. This is beyond driving a new initiative, and instead around changing the hearts and minds of educators to consider the needs of the student differently than we have in the past. Personalized Learning Education K-12 Educators Leaders

[PL Summit Series] Strengthen Your Core Four: Videos and Exercises from Middletown, NY

Education Elements

For anyone who attended the Education Elements Personalized Learning Summit this May, you had a chance to attend a workshop focusing on the Core Four. While districts across the country are using the Core Four of personalized learning to focus instructional habits as they make the shift to personalized learning, some of them are doing it with a bit more fidelity and spirit than others. So we wanted to share with you some of the passion that went into the Core Four session at the Summit. Get ready for a blog post with a twist -- and read it with your best Insanity / ESPN voice….

Life As A LELA Fellow

Education Elements

I did not fully grasp what was ahead of me when I sent in my application to become part of the third Lexington Education Leadership Award (LELA) Fellowship. Being a bit skeptical at first, I did my homework and quickly realized that the Lexington Institute and Education Elements were the real deal. Was this another advertising scheme? Did I just win $10,000,000 from Ed McMahon? It did not take long for the next realization, which was that instead of wondering what was ahead of me , I should have asked what amazing things were in store for our district.

[PL Summit Series] Fostering Personalization through Leadership, Freehold Township Schools

Education Elements

This phrase sums up the amazing experience of sharing our district’s story amongst a room full of skillful professionals working on the same mission in education. It was exhilarating to learn as much as we were able to share, if not more, at Education Elements' Personalized Learning Summit in San Francisco. "Preaching to the choir (or the converted - for secular appeal)!” Personalized Learning School Districts PL Summit core four

[PL Summit Series] Challenges, Not Instructions: Three Tips for Naturally Personalized Learning

Education Elements

Two of the teachers in our workshop at the Education Elements Personalized Learning Summit had just gotten their wheel-launcher to work, and they were bubbling with excitement. “Look out - it works!”. When I saw the little wooden wheel fly across the room, I went over to check it out (trying to keep out of the line of fire). Their invention, made from a small electric motor, some laser-cut wooden parts, and rubber bands, was certainly an effective wheel flinging machine! It was also completely different from any other wheel launcher I had ever seen.

What to Avoid - and Embrace - in Personalized Learning

Digital Promise

Amy Jenkins is the Chief Operating Officer at Education Elements. Education Elements is a corporate partner of Digital Promise. Four Elements to Include. The “Core 4” elements of a personalized learning environment are necessary for an implementation that is about shifting pedagogy and changing outcomes, rather than simply introducing technology.

Virtual School Chat Series Part 4 - 25 things that will make or break the success of your virtual school

Education Elements

Education Technology Education Elements EdTech Online Learning Online Schools virtual schoolIt’s your goal to make your virtual school program successful. My goal is to help you identify the key factors that can make or break the success of that program. Here in part four of my virtual school blog series , I offer 25 things to consider for your virtual program’s success, grouped under 5 main categories: Strategy, Design, Curriculum, Support and Operations. For each item I’ve asked one key question. If this looks familiar, you are right.

Indiana and the personalized learning DNA

Education Elements

Two weeks ago, I got the opportunity to visit MSD Warren Township, in Indiana, during the Launch Academy for their second personalized learning cohort, lead by the Design and Implementation (D&I team) from Education Elements. Don’t worry too much - this is not about cloning! Actually it’s about totally the opposite - it’s about how personalized learning approaches are unique and how what personalized learning looks like depends on what the district is like….it depends on their own DNA. It was an eye-opening experience.

What to Avoid – and Embrace – in Personalized Learning

Digital Promise

Amy Jenkins is the Chief Operating Officer at Education Elements. Education Elements is a corporate partner of Digital Promise. Nearly 100 districts, 300 schools, 5,000 teachers and 300,000 students later, the team at Education Elements has used what we’ve learned to identify six things to avoid when designing and implementing personalized learning, as well as four elements every personalized learning environment should include. Four Elements to Include. Blog Educators League of Innovative Schools corporate partnerships

How do teachers know if they are getting personalized learning right?

The Hechinger Report

Through working with thousands of teachers and designing hundreds of instructional models, all with the intention of changing what teaching and learning looks like to provide for a more personalized experience, Education Elements identified four core elements that should exist in every personalized learning environment. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

[PL Summit Series] Thank you Ed Elements: A Win-Win Experience!

Education Elements

When we were asked to present at the Education Elements Personalized Learning Summit in San Francisco this past May, we were honored to have an opportunity to bring others on this amazing journey and to include them in on this conversation of personalized learning at Riverside Unified. We recognize that, although the four core elements of learner profile, flexible environments, learning plans and competency based advancement are important to create a culture of personalized learning, students also need. “At RUSD it all starts with a conversation.”.

Are Teachers Truly “Shifting Away from the Station Rotation Model?”

Education Elements

Late last year we published a blog post on new evolutions on top of Station Rotation blended learning models that we’d been hearing about from educators in our Blended Learning Universe (BLU). Our friends at Education Elements didn’t agree fully with the way we characterized these shifts. Personalized Learning Education K-12 Educators LeadersToday we are trying something new. This blog post is being posted here and on the Clayton Christensen Institute website and is a collaboration between our organizations.

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

Digital Promise

Educational technology (edtech for short) can play a significant role in mitigating and solving this growing dilemma. An increasing amount of data around personalized educational models like "blended learning" and content-specific software suggests that edtech makes instruction in diverse classrooms more efficient. Much of the history of educational technology has been around the power and glamour of the computer -- the next silver bullet in education, the equalizer that would finally level the playing field. We're mainstreaming those with special needs.

In the marketplace: Measuring student progress, new digital solutions, personalized learning, and more

eSchool News

Tech-savvy educators know they must stay on top of the myriad changes and trends in education to learn how teaching and learning can best benefit from technology’s near-constant change. The tool, called the Student Growth Simulator , was developed by Chiefs for Change , researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Education , and Tembo , an education technology firm.

An Open Letter to Appointed Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos

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My work has exposed me to philanthropy, non-profit policy organizations, public schools, charter networks, and state departments of education where I have seen both success and failure when change was not implemented correctly. Betsy, this is why I am writing to you today, as you embark on your mission to “make American education great again” or, as I believe, prepared for the future. Endorsing more choice and adding more schools will not be enough to make education better for all children. Increasing the pipeline of high quality individuals entering education.

Do Our Students Deserve It?

Education Elements

Working at Education Elements, where we build and support dynamic school systems that meet the needs of every learner, I’m often quick to answer with a resounding, “Yes!”. Do students deserve personalized learning? It’s hard not to. The narrative of personalized learning is compelling. Why wouldn’t students be better served when recognized as individuals with unique needs, talents and perspectives? The vision of dynamic classroom environments--with targeted instruction and the organized chaos of self-directed student learning--is inspiring. It’s compelling for.