Personalized learning and Common Core: Mortal enemies?

The Hechinger Report

Can students learn about what they like, at their own pace, and still pass standardized tests at the end of each year? It’s a dilemma facing a growing number of schools and districts that have jumped onto a new tech-fueled trend in education known as “personalized learning.”. The goal of personalized learning is to tailor lessons for individual students to help them master content on their own schedule, whether it’s faster or slower than their same-age peers.

The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!


Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting many of my virtual friends face to face in San Diego at the International Society for Technology in Education Conference. Thank you to each of my dear friends below that donated one of your personal products! Day 5- What did I learn?

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Can Personalized Learning Flourish Within A Traditional System?


Can students learn about what they like, at their own pace, and still pass standardized tests at the end of each year? It’s a dilemma facing a growing number of schools and districts that have jumped onto a new tech-fueled trend in education known as “personalized learning.”. The goal of personalized learning is to tailor lessons for individual students to help them master content on their own schedule, whether it’s faster or slower than their same-age peers.

Lessons from a school without walls

The Hechinger Report

The school’s aim is to foster an environment in which student and teacher together are jointly responsible for learning. Although definitions vary broadly, personalized learning endeavors to design educational experiences that suit an individual student’s abilities and interests.

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How Data Science Adds Computational Thinking—and Fun—to Gym Class


In the fall of 2002, the Oakland Athletics shattered a 55-year-old record with twenty consecutive games won. When we set out to design an engaging kickball unit for our middle school students, we asked ourselves how we could learn from the 2002 A’s. experience more personal, more academically rigorous and more inclusive to students of all athletic abilities? The learning outcomes from this unit extend beyond the gymnasium.

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How a New Hampshire school uses personalization to put the tools in the hands of the learners

The Hechinger Report

The demand for making the learning experience responsive to every student’s individual learning needs is accelerating. Personalization is a growing focus for policy development, technology applications and educational marketing. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

Voice and Choice Is Important—but Sometimes It’s Not Enough


During my first year of teaching in 2002, I walked into my government class on the first day of school to a group of comedic, socially confident seniors. From Unfocused Rant to Coherent Essay When I was working with Jack, all of my coursework and raw instincts at the time told me that I must get to know him and creatively base assignments on what I learned about his learning style and interests. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

Why I’m Optimistic About the Next Wave of Education Technology


Over the past 25 years, multiple waves of education technology and innovation have slowly washed into America’s schools and colleges. Along the way, innovators have often over-promised and under-delivered, causing many smart people to wonder if we’re now in a frothy bubble of irrational exuberance, most eloquently summarized by Audrey Watters in Hack Education, who worries that “education technology [merely] serves as a ’Trojan Horse’ of sorts, carrying.

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A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models & Technology

TeachThought - Learn better.

Learning Models, Theories, and Technology: A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers. Purpose: Improving our chance for a common language in discussing existing and emerging learning trends, model, and technology in hopes of innovation in classrooms, and collectively, education at large.

Education Technology and Data Insecurity

Hack Education

Always eager to associate itself with the latest tech craze, education technology embraced Pokémon Go with great gusto: “ Why Pokemon Go shows the future of learning gamification.” ” “ 14 Reasons Why Pokémon Go Is The Future Of Learning.” ” But these wild proclamations – wishful thinking , no doubt – tended to overlook the realities of mobile technology and education. Education Technology and School Surveillance.

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Lingering Fears from Outdated Screen Time Recommendations Stunt Parent Buy-In


I know what screen time can look like when it is not optimized for learning. The AAP’s guidelines from 2002 stated that there should be no media use for children under the age of two, that 2- to 5-year olds should be extremely limited in media consumption and that children over five should consume no more than two hours of media per day. For too many years, the AAP, CDC, and the news media failed to differentiate between screen time for entertainment and screen time for learning.

Against the 3A’s of EdTech: AI, Analytics, and Adaptive Technologies in Education


One of the key things about the report is that we are asked to suggest what technologies we think will be highly influential in education in the far, medium and near terms. Why invest in technology when the money can be put to better use investing in people?

When His Roster Outgrew His Classroom, This Prof Mastered Modular Online Curriculum


Right before the start of the Fall semester in 2002, Robertson learned that the 400-seat movie theater that held his Principles of Marketing class at San Francisco State University would no longer be available. The only way to overcome the seating limitation was to turn to technology. Join the Club: Educators interested in learning more about Faculty Club opportunities, or being featured in an interview, are invited to reach out to us at

Learning Styles: Fact or Fiction? What This Decades-Old Theory Can Teach Us


If you’ve been in the educational field long enough, you’ve probably come across Fleming’s learning styles theory. For over forty years, researchers have sought to classify how different students learn and what teachers can do to support them. What Are the Four Learning Styles?

School of Dreams

A Principal's Reflections

After meeting my wife in 2002, I moved to Staten Island, NY and resided there for thirteen years. She had been following me on Twitter and asked if I would be willing to visit her school and see how they were implementing blended learning across all grade levels.

The Connection Between “Lower” and “Higher” Level Thinking

The Principal of Change

In Scott McLeod and Dean Shareski’s book, “ Different Schools for a Different World ,” they discuss four shifts that “deeper learning” schools place their focus. Webb’s [2002] Depth of Knowledge model) than the lower ones.

Ever Feel Just ‘Average’? Think Again, Says Todd Rose


Rose, age 42, is a developmental psychologist who studies development, intelligence and learning and teaches at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The good part of the story is that we've actually learned how to get past that and how to harness people's individuality to develop much better insights about people. Every single person will be on the high end on some things, the middle on others and the low end on other dimensions. we infer that the person is intelligent.

The survival of higher education (2): Changing times

Learning with 'e's

In this paper, having revisited my previous speeches I''m going to try to gaze once more into the near future in an attempt to determine what education might look like in the light of the technological developments that comprise Web 2.0. As with most other technology innovations, Web 2.0

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Throw the cookie cutters away: Remaking high schools for the 21st Century

The Hechinger Report

trying to learn what can be done to improve dismal graduation rates, along with looking at efforts to get more teenagers invested and interested in school. Between 2002 and 2013, New York City shut many of its large high schools, replacing them with small, personalized schools.

'The Ed-Tech Mafia'

Hack Education

I know it’s trend to criticize keynotes and lectures and claim that they’re terrible ways to learn. It’s a great story, particularly if you want to wield that factoid along with a product pitch for more “active learning” – like clicking on things.

Wahoo! The 2013 Global Education Conference - Still Time to Present + Plan to Attend!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Karen Blumberg Technology Integrator The School at Columbia University BIO : Karen Blumberg is an educational technologist at The School at Columbia University working with faculty and students to integrate technology academically, respectfully, and responsibly.