The messy reality of personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

In another room, children rotate through learning stations, sometimes at screens, sometimes putting pencils to paper. Danusis and her teaching staff practice personalized learning, an individual-comes-first approach, usually aided by laptops, that has become a reformist calling card in education. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. If every child had a computer or iPad, she could log into a customized cyberclassroom and learn at her own pace.

Collaboration for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

It is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. Although it may seem unusual to connect collaboration to the practice of personalized learning, it is important to remember that students don’t learn within a vacuum. In a personalized learning environment, teachers can help students discover what individual roles they can successfully assume when collaborating with others.

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Collaboration for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

It is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. Although it may seem unusual to connect collaboration to the practice of personalized learning, it is important to remember that students don’t learn within a vacuum. In a personalized learning environment, teachers can help students discover what individual roles they can successfully assume when collaborating with others.

How School Libraries Can Help Personalize Learning

With personalization becoming a growing initiative in schools, the library is a valuable asset for personalizing instruction around student needs. Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT, with guest Jackie Whiting, Librarian at New Canaan High School, CT, presented in the webinar, “ Personalizing Instruction Through the Library ,” hosted by and sponsored by Mackin Educational Resources.

A PLN Quick Start Guide

A Principal's Reflections

The construction of a PLN enables educators to harness the power inherent in 21st Century technologies in order to create a professional growth tool that is accessible whenever, wherever. In particular, my PLN provides me with a constant supply of resources, thought-provoking discussions, knowledge, leadership strategies, and ways to successfully integrate technology. tools and how they can be utilized for teaching and learning.

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What if personalized learning was less about me and more about us?

The Hechinger Report

The project typifies the mix of personalized and social learning that’s been a mainstay for 25 years at King, a founding member of a school network called EL Education. It sets these schools apart from a more recent wave of personalized learning, which is often dominated by technology and dogged by criticism that it isolates students from each other and from learning’s larger purpose. “We’re K-12 News Personalized Learning Social emotional

Grow Your Own Personal Learning Network

Nik Peachey

This is just a quick posting to share a session on building your own Personal Learning Network, that I did for teachers in British Council Bilbao recently (25th September 2010). link] I'm on Facebook too and am in the process of creating a page for people interested in learning technology in ELT. School of the Present Survey Results: Mobile learning for ELT Best Nik Peachey.

Inside DC Schools: The Struggle to Develop Personalized Learning’s Independent Learners


Like every other student using the Summit Learning platform, Pozo must start each class by setting his goals before doing activities. This goal-setting feature is part of the Summit Learning Platform, an online tool used in a personalized learning program created by Summit Public Schools. Core to the charter network’s vision is a belief that students can be empowered to make choices that direct their learning, with guidance from teachers and access to real-time data.

Tools to Help Become a Tech Savvy Educator

A Principal's Reflections

As I mentioned in a previous post I have been working on a educational technology presentation for principals in a NJ school district. The title I chose was "Harnessing the Power of Educational Technology" as I firmly believe that the many free tools available at our fingertips possess the ability to enhance our effectiveness and efficiency as administrators. grow professionally by establishing a Personal Learning Network (PLN) , follow specific hashtags (#).

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Opening Minds on Social Networking

A Principal's Reflections

The following interview took place after Education Week''s Leadership Forum "Unleashing Technology to Personalize Learning" on 10/5/10 in Washington D.C. They’re always excited to find out that they can learn about our school at the same time. In order to increase access and use I am now utilizing Facebook with students and parents in my District. There are so many people already using Facebook to interact with their friends and family.

New Year, New Adventures

A Principal's Reflections

Many of the initiatives that I am about to pursue either came directly or indirectly from my Personal Learning Network (PLN). Professional Learning Communities (PLC''s): The district will be moving to this research-based model as our main means of professional development. The more I learn about the power of PLC''s the more excited I get! The conference will be held on Saturday October 2, 2010. Classroom Walkthrough educational technology PLC TSETC

Reform is Happening

A Principal's Reflections

On a crisp, sunny Saturday morning in October, approximately 400 passionate educators congregated at New Milford High School for the Tri-State Educational Technology Conference (TSETC). The brainchild of Schoology and myself, we set out in mid-August to plan an unprecedented free conference that would provide educators of varying experience with practical strategies to successfully integrate technology in the classroom.

Lightning in a Bottle: My GTAdmin Experience

A Principal's Reflections

The conference was held on March 5, 2010 in San Antonio, Texas. I joined with 50 other exemplary administrators all on a journey that took our learning to levels not readily imagined; hence my analogy to “Lighting in a bottle.” and technology do)? The energy in the room never dissipated as we learned how these gifts of knowledge could be used to establish collaborative, engaging, and transparent learning environments in our respective schools.

Reflecting on the 140 Conference

A Principal's Reflections

I also feel that it is prudent to share some advice of my own that I have formulated after actively learning about social media for the past year. Administrators and teachers need to begin to embrace the effective use of social media for their own professional growth, to create authentic learning environments that engage students, and to utilize the expertise of professionals in a variety of content areas.

Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

The Hechinger Report

(From left to right) Sixth graders Mia DeMore, Maria DeAndrade, and Stephen Boulas make a number line in their math class at Walsh Middle School in Framingham, Massachusetts, one of 132 “Basecamp” schools piloting the Personalized Learning Platform created by the Summit charter school network. Some passionately believe that it can and must, while skeptics fear that personalized-learning hype has outpaced research into if and, importantly, how it helps students.

New Posted Resources 06/02/2010

The Web20Classroom

Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology | Edutopia tags : technology , differentiation , favorite Multimedia Creation Tools tags : presentation , socialmedia , resources , multimedia , favorite Goofram - Search Google and Wolfram Alpha at the same time!

Why A PLN?

The Web20Classroom

Later this week I will be presenting at the North Carolina Technology In Education Society (NCTIES) Annual Conference. For one of my sessions I will focus on how I discovered the power of the Personal Learning Network (PLN), how I built mine and how other educators can do the same. But just like when I do a technology workshop, the points of view of other educators are more important.

Using Technology to Personalize Learning @PearDeck @EDpuzzle #flipclass #blendedlearning #edtech


When I first began flipping my math classroom in 2010, the ability to screencast, upload to the web, and have students be able to watch lectures at their own pace was exciting and innovative. Though that was a step in the direction to a more personalized, student-centered classroom, tech tools that have emerged in the past four years have truly revolutionized what is possible.

I Wonder If This Social Media Thing Will Ever Catch On?

The Web20Classroom

There were sessions about assessment, technology, professional development and others. Members of my PLN (Personal Learning Network), PLC (Professional Learning Community), colleagues, whatever you want to call them, (I call them all friends) were there sharing their learning with not only the new teachers, but with me as well. There were teachers, technology integrators, administrators, professors, and others but all were truly amazing educators.

Social Media In The Classroom.

The Web20Classroom

Recently at NCTIES Kevin Honeycutt spoke on Personal Learning Networks. Is social media more rewarding to teachers & professional development, or to students & their learning? Students seek greater control over their learning experiences and a number of technologies grant them this control. Any intelligent person knows that these kids are still going to access these services even when we are not looking.

How Education Elements Guides Districts in Creating Environments that Personalize Learning


There are organizations that support different kinds of transformation in schools and after researching and interviewing some of these organizations, we've learned a great deal about what these changes can look like, how schools go about redesigning aspects of their model, and what types of support they need along the way. In October, we will share a guide highlighting the trends, insights and challenges we've learned about while profiling five key players in the world of school redesign.

New research answers whether technology is good or bad for learning

The Christensen Institute

For years educators and scholars have debated whether technology aids learning or inhibits it. Other studies have shown similarly dismal numbers for student learning when technology is introduced in the classroom. Yet there are also bright shining stars of technology use—both in proof points and in studies, such as this Ithaka study or this U.S. Department of Education 2010 meta-analysis.

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. I''ve organized the gifts into three categories : Autographed Books : a few of my friends who are authors have generously donated a signed copy of their book - I personally have a copy of these and simply love each book! Thank you to each of my dear friends below that donated one of your personal products!

Final Reflections From Denver And #ISTE10

The Web20Classroom

I was glad to be a part of what has to be the largest technology and quiet frankly the largest educational conference in the world. After this event I knew it was going to be difficult for the conference to replicate the learning I experienced there. There was a session lead by Jon Becker on whether or not we should use the term PLN (for Personal Learning Network). That is what learning should do. ISTE could learn a lot from the Unconference style of EBC.

New Analysis of Personalized Learning Program Shows Reading Gains for Chicago Students

Leadership Lounge

New Analysis of Personalized Learning Program Shows Reading Gains for Chicago Students. Personalized learning programs in Chicago are helping to boost reading scores for students by an amount equivalent to 13 percentile points of growth, a recent analysis found. a Dayton-area not-for-profit that has grown substantially since its first camp in 2010. New AI technology lets students evaluate professors by "chatting".

Digital Promise Brings Edcamps Into Its Tent


The maker kits were provided courtesy of Digital Promise, an education technology nonprofit, which saw these events as “a great vehicle to introduce teachers to making,” says Josh Weisgrau, its director of learning experience design. There is training for blended learning.

The Divided Stories of Education Reform, Personal Cognitive Revolutions, and New Superheroes

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Finding a new story (or stories) for education becomes imperative because so many other aspects of our lives are dependent on our vision of how teaching and learning take place. It''s telling that while the Internet has become an unparalleled platform for learning, intitiative, participation, productivity, and creativity, almost all of this happens outside of formal educational institutions.

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This Week's Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Below are this week''s public, free, and interactive Webinars through , the social learning network for education that I work on for Elluminate. Jim is the creator of the English Companion Ning, ''Where English teachers go to help each other.'' [link] TECH TALK TUESDAYS: CYBERSAFETY WHEN LEARNING ONLINE (THE AUSTRALIA SERIES) Tue 25 Oct 12:45AM New York / Tue 25 Oct 04:45AM GMT / Tue 25 Oct 02:45PM Sydney Anne Mirtschin. link] JOY IN LEARNING (CLASSROOM 2.0

Top 10 Twitter Tweeps

The Electric Educator

Before I give my top ten twitter tweeps, let me give a couple of words of advice on building your personal learning network through twitter: Fill in your Twitter profile! Fellow blogger Silvia Tolisano ( @langwitches ) has a great blog post about using Twitter to build a personal learning network. twitter PLN professional learning network

Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter


The Personal Learning Network (PLN) that I''ve built on Twitter over the past couple of months has become an amazing resource for learning about what''s going on in the educational technology world. I was excited when I had an opportunity last week to present using Twitter as a tool for personal learning to some of my colleagues. One thing I''ve learned about using the web and Web 2.0 There’s only so much info a person can take in!

This Week's Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Below are this week''s public, free, and interactive Webinars through, the social learning network for education that I work on for Elluminate. A new series focussed on technology in the languages classroom. Those close at the fringes of the digital frontier are charting a different course with ICT rich classes and mLearning spaces whilst developing our personal learning networks. Learn more about the newest resources from PBS.”

Live Thursday, February 2nd - Panel on Personal Learning Profiles

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me today, Thursday, February 2nd, for a live and interactive panel discussion on "Personal Learning Profiles," also referred to in variously as "personal success plans," "learner profiles," or "personalized learning paths." With a growing sense of the value of personalized, customized, and student-driven learning, what is the best way to capture and communicate students'' learning plans and goals?

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Why Ning? It works!

The Daring Librarian

I got all hepped up excited still about the NECC DC conference, going transparent, being recruited by the "Geek Tribe" and I contacted good friend and Making it Happen Diva Mrs. Julie Wray and suggested that we start a Ning for our Maryland ISTE affiliate MSET.and add a digital sandbox (also called a Bloggers'' Cafe or Learning Commons) to the MSET conference and Julie said.GREAT IDEA! 2010 - the year of the Personal Learning Network?

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ISTE Elections: Yes, I've Got My Running Shoes On!

The Daring Librarian

At first, I didn''t know the etiquette for revealing the person who nominated you - whether it was a secret kinda thing (as in don''t blame them! Now more than ever, I passionately believe that we need to be seen as vital to our schools and the technology education of our most important customers - our kids. I don''t think that technology is a replacement for books but is a vital enhancement.

Next Friday in Boston: Education Week Leadership Forum

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

It''s all-day Friday, October 8th, and the forum topic is "Unleashing Technology to Personalize Learning." Technology and the Future of Education." Office of Education Technology, and also includes Liz Pape, Richard Ferdig, Tom Vander Ark, Joel Rose, Tracy Gray, Steven Anderson, Alice Barr, Eric Klopfer, and a student panel moderated by Michelle R.