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Finding Your Happy Place Along the Problematic ‘Personalized Learning’ Continuum

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Recently I was asked, “What do you think about personalized learning?” Personalized learning seems to be one of the buzziest of the buzzwords in the edu-jargon grab bag and yet its exact definition is rather elusive. Here’s what I mean: At one end of this spectrum, we have “siloed differentiation,” a version of personalized learning where the focus is using digital platforms to facilitate an automated (ie: NOT teacher-driven) assessment to differentiated instruction.

'Lost in the Cracks' Alabama District Brings Personalized Learning to Incarcerated Youth

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However, one school district hopes a personalized virtual school program will offer incarcerated learners a second chance. The K-12 school is a part-virtual and part-blended learning space—meaning students from all over the state can attend the virtual school (which serves over 1000 students, according to the principal Nelson Brown) and students within a 70 mile radius can participate in the blended version of the school (which has approximately 300 to 400 students depending on the year).

Personalized Learning and Digital Tools Weave Strong Fabric for Student Success

EdTech Magazine

Personalized Learning and Digital Tools Weave Strong Fabric for Student Success. According to Project Tomorrow’s 2017 Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning , 56 percent of parents of school-aged children are concerned that their child isn’t learning the right skills in school to be successful in college or a future job. Personalized Learning Aids All Students. Collaboration and Blended Learning Fosters Critical Skills.

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

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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.

5 Simple Ways to Improve Teacher Professional Development

The CoolCatTeacher

In my own experience, I remember sitting through a class on differentiated instruction. To further make this point, let’s discuss what differentiation is. Think of it this way — Some students learn by seeing. Others learn by hearing. Others learn by doing.

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Curriculum Design is Emotional Work—This Teacher Makes It Easier

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standards-based) school for at-risk youth, pre-packaged curriculum and assessments offered very little flexibility for personalization or modification. Plus, the available content was designed around how much time I’d spend teaching it versus what I actually needed to get students adept at learning the topic at hand. This was at odds with my experience, because I relied extensively on edtech for assessments.

OPINION: Seven traits of Massachusetts’ most effective classrooms

The Hechinger Report

The first is differentiated instruction. The bottom line is that the more time each student’s mind is engaged (he is being taught or is practicing at his appropriate level), the more he’ll learn. Sign up for our Future of Learning newsletter.

Let Learners Get in Their Zone (of Proximal Development)

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Personalized learning” is a term that people take quite personally—and that leads to a variety of interpretations about what it means. The lack of precision about what the term means—whether it’s about tailoring instruction for individual students or the technology that enables it—leads to confusion and inappropriate assumptions. “As He warns that differentiating expectations rather than supports maintains or exacerbates the opportunity gap.

Catholic schools turn to blended learning as a way to address students’ individual needs

The Hechinger Report

SEATTLE — After years of declining enrollment, a growing number of Catholic schools nationwide are placing their faith in blended learning, a teaching approach in which computers share the instructional load with teachers, and one that appeals to many parents disillusioned with traditional schools.

SMATH: How to Turn 2 Subjects Into 1 Super-Class

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We realized combining classes could help us integrate science and math standards, while team-teaching would allow us to differentiate instruction. We realized combining classes could help us integrate science and math standards, while team-teaching would allow us to differentiate instruction. Once the details were sorted, it was time to start learning. Besides making learning more engaging, combining classes has helped students progress academically.

When It Comes to School-Wide Changes, Teachers Need Scaffolds Too

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That's why last year, in an attempt to accelerate personalized learning, we mandated every middle school teacher implement a station rotation model for the first time. In the stations, students work on adaptive online programs, collaborate in small groups, and receive differentiated instruction from the teacher. New models like station rotation offer an idealized vision of what a truly personalized classroom can look like. Personalized for all.

Kiddom’s Planner: A new (free) teacher tool to simplify planning for differentiation

The Cornerstone Blog

I shared with you before how much I love Kiddom as an easy tool for managing standards-based grading , and there’s a couple of new updates that you definitely need to know about if you’re spending too much time creating resources for differentiated instruction.

Research roundup: 4 new reports on what’s working for blended learning practitioners

The Christensen Institute

At the start of the year, we published a blog post on interesting research from 2017 related to innovative approaches to school design. Even though we aren’t even half-way through 2018, there are already several insightful reports on blended and personalized learning from this year that are worth highlighting. While many people seek a definitive answer to whether blended learning works, the reality is much more complicated.

Utah State Board of Education Approves Lexia Reading Core5 as K–3 Reading Improvement Program

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BOSTON (April 19, 2018) – Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone Inc. DIBELS Next is a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills for students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Consistent Use of Lexia Reading Core5 Leads to Surge in Charter Schools USA Elementary Students Literacy Gains

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BOSTON (March 12, 2018) – An analysis of more than 22,600 K–5 students within the Charter Schools USA (CSUSA) network found that incorporating recommended use levels of the Lexia Reading Core5® program into instruction resulted in substantial growth in reading skills during the 2016/17 school year, over and above that achieved with non-Core5 instruction.