Our Journey to Personalized Learning

Education Elements

Why Pursue Personalized Learning? In October 2017, AdvancEd conducted our five-year district accreditation review. First, we needed to strengthen and monitor our professional learning communities in an effort to evaluate, interpret and utilize data for personalized learning and differentiated instruction to increase learning and growth. Personalized Learning

The Difference Between Personalized Learning And Individualized Learning

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The Difference Between Personalized Learning And Individualized Learning. What is the difference between personalized learning and individualized learning? While both concepts support meeting students’ learning needs, they serve different purposes.

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Personalized learning won’t work without personalized supports

The Christensen Institute

The model strikes a chord with a reality that I frequently find personalized learning enthusiasts fail to mention: to yield more equitable outcomes, personalized learning will also require personalized supports and connections. This bucks a seemingly tidy vision of personalized learning as an overhaul of academics alone. Moreover, a vision of personalized learning as merely a diligent reworking of academic models is woefully narrow.

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

Edsurge

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.

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.

Nope! Why adaptive software is not the same as personalized learning

eSchool News

Sorry, adaptive software is not the same as personalized learning. We all know that changes in public education move slowly, but there’s one specific educational dilemma we’ve been mired in for decades, with varying levels of rhetoric and hand-wringing: How can we maximize individual student achievement with group instruction? Today we see it in the hyperbole around personalization, individualization, standards-based grading, differentiation, etc.

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

Edsurge

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. In less than two years, between 2015 and 2017, the district paid more than $4.5 million to the firm for personalized-learning consulting services. Probably not because we're not there every day providing the instruction.”

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

Waterford

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. While many teachers feel that taking a student’s learning style into account can help them succeed, others feel that this theory is about as scientific as a horoscope.[2] What Are the Four Learning Styles?

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

Edsurge

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. But no one learns one way. So, when you have many ways of teaching material, nearly every student learns better. We didn’t talk about it with the person next to us.

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3 Ways to Differentiate Learning in the Classroom with HyperDocs

EdTechTeacher

HyperDocs or “HyperLearning” as I prefer to call it, involves a well-crafted digital lesson for student use which engages them in inquiry-based learning and can differentiate learning in the classroom. With various roadmaps for each learner, differentiation in the classroom is necessary to meet student needs. Technology and differentiation are fundamentally changing instruction and HyperLearning is a prime example of this phenomenon.

When Students Drive Learning, They Can Do So Much More

Edsurge

Our communities are being deprived of engaged citizens equipped with the skills required to be productive and compassionate, and who have ownership of their learning journey. Another student, Warren, had a passion and needed substantial time to work on a project on integrated service learning aimed at educating peers and younger students on issues of diversity and inclusiveness, specifically aimed at LGBTQ+ anti-bullying. What Is Individualized Learning?

Curriculum Design is Emotional Work—This Teacher Makes It Easier

Edsurge

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. As I gained more experience teaching, I realized the most effective curriculum for students should provide a variety of options for assessment and instruction.

3 Ways to Differentiate Learning in the Classroom with Google Docs

EdTechTeacher

HyperDocs or “HyperLearning” as I prefer to call it, involves a well-crafted digital lesson for student use which engages them in inquiry-based learning and can differentiate learning in the classroom. With various roadmaps for each learner, differentiation in the classroom is necessary to meet student needs. Technology and differentiation are fundamentally changing instruction and HyperLearning is a prime example of this phenomenon.

Let Learners Get in Their Zone (of Proximal Development)

Edsurge

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.

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. Students learn best when their mind is in gear all day long, making student engagement the second element. At our BSRI partner schools, students are expected in first grade to be able to differentiate fact from opinion (a skill, alas, in scarce supply these days!).

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. Because blended learning software provides a steady and immediate flow of data on student performance, teachers can focus more closely on the individual needs of each child.

How to Create a Vision

Edsurge

Get the right people in the room to start, and consider who will be involved over time This sounds simple, but spending time thinking about the type of team you want involved at the outset of your personalized learning vision-setting is critical. Creativity can flow from constraints; creating space for all to share what personalized learning means to them will bring new perspectives. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

How to Create a Vision

Edsurge

Get the right people in the room to start, and consider who will be involved over time This sounds simple, but spending time thinking about the type of team you want involved at the outset of your personalized learning vision-setting is critical. Creativity can flow from constraints; creating space for all to share what personalized learning means to them will bring new perspectives. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

5 technologies that support differentiated learning

eSchool News

It’s no secret that 21st century teachers and school administrators are under enormous pressure to differentiate instruction to enhance learning for all students, regardless of ability or their innate interest in the material. Enter classroom learning centers. Technology: The Key Ingredient in Successful Learning Centers. Classroom technology also makes it easier than ever to differentiate lessons appropriately.

How ST Math Guides Students to See the Math and Grow

MIND Research Institute

Creating personalized learning paths that target all their different student's math skills can be very time-intensive for teachers. Through an adaptive informative feedback that is tailored to every student’s response, each student is challenged to find their own creative solutions, learn from their mistakes along the way, and continue to explore and grow at their own pace. Deeper Learning

These 5 Teachers Showcase the Future of Blended Learning’s ‘Station Rotation’ Model

Edsurge

Milton Bryant is the first to admit that implementing blended learning successfully didn’t come overnight. For the past four years, Bryant has been tirelessly adapting his approach to personalized learning to ensure that each student is thriving, even when that means scrapping ideas that don’t quite pan out. Bryant is one of many teachers across the country who are continuously refining, adapting, and modifying instructional approaches to better meet their students’ needs.

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

Edsurge

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

Edsurge

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.

Beyond Technology: Blended Learning Conference Debates Equity, Cultural Inclusion

Edsurge

For a conference named after “blended learning,” many attendees were surprised to learn that they did not agree on what the term meant. Dr. Dallas Dance, Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, was among the first to raise this during a session at the 6th Annual Blended Learning Conference , held last weekend in Rhode Island. “I I was talking to a colleague who was using blended and personalized learning the same way,” says Dance.

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

The Cornerstone for Teachers

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. If you’re new to Kiddom , here’s the simplest explanation: it’s a collaborative learning platform that allows teachers to plan, assess, and analyze learning all in one place. .

Rationalizing Those 'Irrational' Fears of inBloom

Hack Education

This article first appeared on Points, a Data & Society publication in February 2017. Data collection – facilitated by inBloom – was meant to be “the game-changer,” in the words of the CEO of the Data Quality Campaign, providing a way to “actually use individual student information to guide teaching and learning and to really leverage the power of this information to help teachers tailor learning to every single child in their class.

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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.

4 Critical Characteristics of High-Quality Instructional Content

Edsurge

K-12 educators are increasingly turning to digital resources to enhance instruction and address student needs. K-12 educators are increasingly turning to digital resources to enhance instruction and address student needs.

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How to Differentiate Teaching for the advancement of student Thinking Skills: Simplifying Approaches to Teaching & Learning Series (Part 5)

100mentors

This post is part of a 6-part series highlighting how we, as IB teachers, can bring Approaches to Teaching to our classroom and challenge students to engage in Approaches to Learning. In the previous installments of our series, we have shared ideas on instructional strategies that allow the simultaneous implementation of Approaches to Teaching and Learning (ATLs). This fifth post addresses h ow differentiated teaching can advance students’ thinking skills.

Close the Achievement Gap: 5 Specific Strategies

EdNews Daily

A key facet of instructional leadership is addressing and closing the achievement gap. Every single child who enters our buildings deserves the right to learn and have the opportunity to succeed. We’ve added one more: creating a personalized environment. 1. Access to challenging curriculum and instruction. Provide a Rigorous Learning Environment. Those needs are best met when you and your faculty provide students with a rigorous learning environment.

Why Classroom Technology is a Necessity for 21st Century Learning

eSpark

A recent study shows that the number of preschool classrooms using tablets doubled from 2013 to 2015, and research conducted by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation indicates that “the adoption of personalized learning approaches has increased significantly in recent years due in part to rapid advances in technology platforms and digital content.” Project-based and activitity-based learning ensure that students of every ability level are challenged, engaged, and praised.

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

techlearning

BOSTON (April 19, 2018) – Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone Inc. NYSE: RST) Company, today announced that Lexia Reading Core5® has been named by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) as an approved provider of early interactive reading software for literacy instruction and assessment for grades K–3. Following a scope and sequence built for rigorous state standards, Core5 provides explicit, systematic instruction through personalized learning paths in six areas of reading.

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

techlearning

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.