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.

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.

Finding Reasons To Be Thankful

Education Elements

I am pretty sure for many of us 2016 will go down as a pretty bad year, full of numerous high-profile shootings, deaths of some pretty awesome people , and a divisive election. Education Elements Education Elements TeamNormally, this is the time of year when people write lists about what makes them thankful. In the wake of the election I have seen less of those and more lists about what is making people feel scared. And that makes sense -- I’m scared too.

How Education Elements Guides Districts in Creating Environments that Personalize Learning

Edsurge

Education Elements provides support for schools and districts as they transform their school models to personalize learning. Kim had previously been an Executive Vice President at Edison Learning, a for-profit education management organization. He founded Education Elements to meet that need. As of spring 2016, the company has supported 100 districts nationally, representing 300 schools and 300K students. Education Technology

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 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.

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.

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?

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?

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.

[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!

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week - 5 Terrific Tributes to Teachers

Education Elements

At Education Elements, we have the privilege of working with exceptional teachers who strive to personalize learning for every student. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Being a teacher isn’t easy. The hours are long, the work is challenging, and sometimes the job can feel thankless. But teachers have an amazing impact, and if anybody deserves appreciation for the work they do, it’s teachers.

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.

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.

[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)!”

[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.

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.

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.

Going Back to School to Learn About Blended Learning

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Education Elements offers personalized learning consulting services and can help schools walk through the process. A survey found that teachers and students report that using computers more deeply improves their education. Recently I was invited by the Natick, Mass.

The Top Ten Reasons I Am Excited About The Personalized Learning Summit

Education Elements

Here at Education Elements, we’re working hard to make the Personalized Learning Summit a personalized experience for every single person who attends. It’s May in San Francisco - the fog is rolling in and the raincoats are back in the closet - and that means it’s time for our annual Personalized Learning Summit. If you’re joining us for the Summit this year, we think you’ll have an amazing experience. There will be enlightening keynote talks.

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

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

now live in poverty, a mark hit in 2013 for the first time in 50 years, according to the Southern Education Foundation. It may seem like the deck is stacked against schools that predominantly educate low-income populations. "This is what education is going to look like.

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.

[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. “At RUSD it all starts with a conversation.”.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

now live in poverty, a mark hit in 2013 for the first time in 50 years, according to the Southern Education Foundation. It may seem like the deck is stacked against schools that predominantly educate low-income populations. — Digital Promise (@DigitalPromise) February 9, 2016.

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. If the history of education has taught us anything, it is that education is a human process.

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

The Hechinger Report

Focusing on these four elements transforms classrooms in a sustainable and measureable way. Related: How will the presidential results influence education technology in schools? The final element is data driven decisions that inform instructional decisions and groupings.

[Guest Post] The Future of Learning is Now

Education Elements

I was working in the trenches of the most confrontational aspect of education reform, trying to get laws passed to authorize vouchers, charter schools, tax-credits scholarships and education savings accounts. All the while, it was obvious to me that urgent measures had to be taken to radically transform the educational opportunities America’s children had as they entered the 21st century. Personalized Learning Education Leaders

The Biggest Challenge to Personalized Learning is Getting Buy-In

Edsurge

But in a recent study of 450 educators, including district leaders, school leaders, teachers, private businesses and other groups from 46 U.S. To convince an entire organization of the transformative, instructional and mindset shift that personalized learning entails, education leaders need a deep foundational understanding of the district's definition and vision for this work — and a clear plan on how do it. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

How Mastery Design Collaborative Helps Schools Redesign their Models to Personalize Learning

Edsurge

Prior to launching the nonprofit organization, both co-founders worked together at Education Elements , consulting with districts around designing and implementing blended learning models. Bolar brings consulting experience from Deloitte and has educational roots from his role as a program director for Teach for America as well as his work as an eighth grade algebra teacher in Compton, CA. In fall 2016, ASCEND will expand the prototype to the entire elementary school.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Bringing Personalized Learning Into Rural Schools

Edsurge

Rural schools have received little attention in national conversations around education reform—even though they serve nearly 1 in 5 students in America. In a new report from Bellwether Education Partners, Principal Jennifer Schiess and I argue that there is an opportunity for rural schools to explore how personalized learning can help resolve rural education’s challenges. More flexible learning environments also entails a shift in staffing and the role of educators.

9 of the Most Fabulous Barbie Games (That Aren’t Dolls)

Fractus Learning

If you, like me, have buckled under the pressure to get something Barbie-themed you’ll be pleased to know there are some educational and fun games available, other than the doll. You say ‘Barbie’ I say ‘bane of my existence’!

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.

Million-Dollar Advice: The High Cost and Limited Return on Personalized Learning Consulting

Edsurge

Follow education technology-reform projects, and you’ll find mixed academic outcomes and expensive consultants. In July of 2015, the district paid more than $400,000 for alignment, strategy and professional services from Education Elements, a for-profit personalized learning consultant, according to receipts obtained by EdSurge from the district. That uncertainty is causing some educators—the ones with funding—to turn to high-priced consultants for answers.

6 lessons our district learned from our move to blended learning

eSchool News

That’s why we began working with Education Elements in 2016. Temple Independent School District (ISD), which is located north of Austin and south of Waco, Texas, has a very diverse student population.

‘Where We Went Wrong’ Atlanta Educators Reflect on ‘Failed’ Tech Implementation

Edsurge

Five years into a massive transition to a personalized learning model, Educators at Fulton County School District in Georgia are scratching their heads wondering where they went wrong. Working with Education Elements, a consulting group, the district identified seven tenets of personalized learning : varied strategies, direct just-in-time instruction, choice and voice, mastery based assessment, choice for demonstrating learning, flexible pacing, and co-plan learning.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. ” (State and Local) Education Politics.