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5 examples of personalized learning in action

eSchool News

As technology becomes more and more ubiquitous in classrooms across the nation, it is easier than ever for students with different learning styles and needs to create personalized learning environments. A new report from iNACOL gives educators, parents, and policymakers a platform to learn about and advocate for personalized learning in their schools. Under a personalized learning system, teachers design learning to meet the needs of every student.

A school leader’s guide to personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

I recently caught up with Mary Ann Wolf, PhD, Elizabeth Bobst and Nancy Mangum to discuss some of the key takeaways of their new book, Leading Personalized and Digital Learning: A Framework for Implementing School Change. The authors offer guidance for principals and other school leaders who are aiming to leverage the power of technology to help make student-centered learning a reality.

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New buzzphrase for IT has massive implications for personalized learning

eSchool News

Research has shown repeatedly that humans learn more rapidly and deeply from experiences, rather than from a lecture or a book. However, many institutions struggle with the resources needed to meet this new mandate for personalized instruction, thanks to lack of funding and widespread teacher shortages. The good news is, technologies like cloud, big data, mobility, and augmented and virtual reality are converging to enable unprecedented levels of personalization in education.

“Just Right” Content for Digital Learning

BYOT Network

Likewise, as teachers design digital learning experiences based on their students’ personal strengths and interests, they need to search for the “just right” instructional resources to meet their students’ varied needs. Teachers are now engaged in a time-intensive daily process of designing digital instruction from resources they find on the Internet. How are those resources being used to engage student learning?

Tool: A District’s ‘Look For’ Guide to Personalized Learning

Edsurge

Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine School District (KMSD) is featured in the Future Ready Leaders project’s professional learning resources as one of the nation’s leaders in personalized learning. As school leaders in KMSD worked through their transition to personalized learning, they created a snapshot guide that details the education styles that help educators identify the goals along the way. Personalized student learning.

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.

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.

The Makings (and Misgivings) of a Statewide Effort to Personalize Learning in Massachusetts

Edsurge

In Massachusetts, an emerging partnership between private funders and the state department of education aims to help teachers across the Commonwealth learn, share and spread best practices when it comes to leveraging new instructional models and technologies. LearnLaunch Institute , the Massachusetts Personalized Learning Edtech Consortium (MAPLE) functions as a professional learning community for 32 district members that aim to implement personalized learning.

Edtech Executives Weigh In: Three Conditions for Personalized Learning Success

Edsurge

Personalized learning is a way to engage learners in a customized set of resources, tasks, and environments in order to meet their learning needs and goals. In many schools, there are certain classrooms or teams with pockets of success, yet successful school-wide adoption of a personalized learning model is elusive. Often, in order to have success, a personalized learning platform is required.

Loop Learnings: A Year of Insights from Digital Learning Leaders

Edsurge

Paper is the traditional first-year anniversary gift, but our EdSurge Loop members have been exchanging digital gifts since the networking experiment started just over a year ago. Each week, available members opt in for a video call with a peer in their cohort of instructional designers or cohort of deans, directors and provosts of digital learning. So what have Loop members learned in a year of exchanging knowledge? adaptive learning.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 33 Edition)

Doug Levin

(Mostly) back from my August hiatus, I’m pleased to offer up the next edition of A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News. In the absence of the weekly news round-ups, I took the time away to do some further writing and analysis: Everything’s Bigger in Texas…Including (Maybe) the Data Breaches , which details the ham-handed way in which the Texas Association of School Boards has communicated about their breach of personal information about Texas educators.

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10 Tips to Make Learning REAL

A Principal's Reflections

It is awesome to see how engaged he is with the drone, but that he is also learning in the process. They have grown up in a world where they have become accustomed to the fast-paced evolution of everything digital. It is not that they are learning differently per say, but the environment in which they learn has dramatically changed. A great deal of emphasis has been placed on personalized opportunities for students.

Making student data more usable: What innovation theory tells us about interoperability

The Christensen Institute

As schools adopt blended learning, many are eager to use the floods of student learning data gathered by their various software systems to make better instructional decisions. But currently, data interoperability across education software tools remains more of a hope than a reality. Efforts led by the Ed-Fi Alliance , the Access for Learning Community , and the federal government’s Common Education Data Standards program, all aim to promote common sets of data standards.

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John Danner, education entrepreneur, doubles down on human capital

The Christensen Institute

He co-founded Rocketship Education, a network of blended-learning charter schools, and then left a few years ago and founded his current venture, Zeal , which has the mission of crushing the cost of tutoring so that every student can have a personal math coach. When we started, we had what I would call a Minimum Viable Product in terms of personalized learning–about two hours per day, a combination of computer-based instruction and tutoring.

What's Happened in North Carolina With Statewide Support for Digital Learning

Edsurge

And as the Haw burbled in the background last Friday and Saturday, school administrators, teachers and edtech entrepreneurs gathered for thoughtful conversations and exchanges around how to use digital technology to support learning at the 30th EdSurge Tech for Schools Summit. Here’s what we learned. North Carolina has been supporting digital learning longer than many other states. A Vision for Digital Learning. Student learning: Yes!

Look Into the Future Ready

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Future Ready SchoolsⓇ (FRS) is a bold effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts, whether public, private, or charter, move quickly toward preparing students for success. Schools that are Future Ready are those with empowered teachers, courageous leaders, students who take charge of their learning, and the tools available to support personalized approaches that ensure college or career readiness for all students.

Educators and Learning Catalyst Designers

Tech Helpful

Educators: Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs. Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning. Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovate digital learning environments that engage and support learning.

School of Dreams

A Principal's Reflections

The successful digital transformation at the school where I was principal attracted a great deal of attention from the mainstream media, schools locally and globally, and organizations, in part because we were able to show efficacy in our work. It was at this time that I decided to take a calculated risk and attempt to help other schools scale their digital and innovative change efforts. Wells Elementary to me is a school of dreams because my daughter loves learning.

Measuring Impact with the Digital Practice Assessment (DPA)

A Principal's Reflections

When I think back to the successful digital transformation and implementation of innovative practices at my former school when I was a principal the key driver for us was the ability to show, not just talk about, evidence of improvement. The “secret sauce” in all of this was the strategic use of digital tools to proactively share the details of our efforts and resulting impact. One of these tools is the Digital Practice Assessment (DPA).

?Tools: CoSN Supports, Trains Education Technology Leaders

Edsurge

CoSN is the only national professional association dedicated exclusively to education technology leaders, providing them with management, community building and tools to transform their schools and districts. Its core beliefs are: Technology is a critical tool to personalize learning. Global connections are vital to transforming the education process and improving learning. Technology will transform learning only with strong leadership and vision.

?Tool: A How-to Video Library From the U.S. Office of Educational Technology

Edsurge

How about a video plan to help incorporate digital learning into your schools? This series of 50 short videos help schools and districts see how it looks to implement various parts of a personalized learning strategy into their systems. In support of the Future Ready Schools Initiative, where superintendents across the country pledge to actively work toward widespread, equitable digital learning, the U.S. Personalized student learning.

?Tool: McLeod’s Trudacot Focuses on Tech Integration Questions

Edsurge

McLeod says trudacot is intended to help facilitate educator conversations about deeper learning, student agency and technology integration. Sample Trudacot Question McLeod has devoted decades to writing and teaching about education leadership, innovation, student empowerment, digital technologies and schools relevant for our children and society through an array of books and articles, speaking engagements and his blog, Dangerously Irrelevant.

Cash Awards Honor Faculty and Institutions for Innovative Use of Digital Tools

Edsurge

The awards recognize educators’ and institutions’ innovative use of digital courseware to improve outcomes for students, especially underrepresented ones. Digital Learning Innovation Awards (DLIAwards) from the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) last November. The awards recognize educators’ and institutions’ innovative use of digital courseware to improve outcomes for students, especially underrepresented ones.

How digital badges are shaking up teacher PD

eSchool News

Digital badging has arrived on the scene as a leading contender to close this gap and help provide teachers with a clear path to professional growth, and the micro-credentials to prove it. Badges help teachers focus on relevant professional developments opportunities because they support personalized learning. Badges are earned based on learning evidence rather than just seat time. Next page: Edtech as a starting point; looking ahead at digital badges for PD).

SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

Edsurge

We Got It from Here.Thank You 4 Your Service (keynote): Combining insights from his own book and rap group A Tribe Called Quest’s latest album, Dr. Chistopher Edmin (Associate Professor at Teachers College Columbia University) uses history, practice and theory to explore education’s most pressing issues: a lack of diversity among teachers, challenges faced by educators of color, and absence of student voice in the learning design process. It’s that time of year again.

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How do parents really feel about student data?

eSchool News

Ask many public school parents about student data use and privacy, and you’ll likely end up with a heated debate about protecting sensitive, personal information. FPF’s report indicates parents are the most comfortable with student information use when it is used to directly improve teaching and learning. Data Digital Learning and Tools News

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3 tips for connecting students to internet resources during summer

eSchool News

Access to online resources including digital content, interactive education apps and websites, videos, experts and peers is no longer a “nice to have” but rather a necessity. Nesbitt, PhD, executive director of Technology, AITS, School District of Pickens County, SC; and Christine Fox, deputy executive director, SETDA, presented solutions for providing out-of-school access and digital resources to students based off their own experiences.

EdTech Acronyms Explained

EdTech4Beginners

BLearning – Blended Learning (using a range of multimedia and strategies). BYOL – Bring Your Own Learning. CMS – Content Management System (a tool to build websites and apps). FL – Flipped Learning ( click here for my guide to flipping lessons ). LMS – Learning Management System (software that runs and manages educational programs). MLD – Mobile Learning Devices. MLearning – Mobile Learning. NGDLE – Next-generation Digital Learning Environment.

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What is Digital Pedagogy?

Tech Helpful

Lately my mind has been wrapping itself around how instructional practice has changed due to digital instruction. But lately I fine myself personally redefining what "best practice" teaching looks like in a classroom rich with technology. What once was pedagogy now seems better defined as digital pedagogy for classrooms with the advantages of easily accessible technology tools. This data also helps in the concept of personalized learning.

Vote for Digital Promise’s SXSW and SXSW EDU 2018 Session Ideas

Digital Promise

Every day at Digital Promise, we work with leading educators, researchers, and developers across the country to help close the Digital Learning Gap and improve learning for all. This year, Digital Promise has proposed a record 15 (!) Take a look below at our proposed sessions, and click each link to vote now through August 25, 2017. Applying Research to Truly Personalize Learning. Bridging the Digital Divide with Anytime/Anywhere.

How to assess your district’s digital readiness

eSchool News

A first step is for districts to learn about CoSN’s new Digital Leap Success Matrix (Matrix) which outlines the practices needed to be a successful digital school system. If the vision is limited to bringing in technology solely for engagement or to connect with the digital generation, the transformation will likely go astray. A transformational environment also requires that teachers and staff model the behaviors and skills that they are asking students to learn.

#DLNchat: Where the Digital Learning Network Connects

Edsurge

How can digital learning help improve graduation rates? How might adaptive learning courseware change the work of faculty? How do you learn about new edtech products? It’s the Twitter chat for the Digital Learning Network. Join the Digital Learning Network to get updates about all upcoming chats. Keep up to date with all the #DLNchats, join the Digital Learning Network !

3 Essentials for Success in a Blended [Literacy] Classroom

The Web20Classroom

This post is sponsored by ThinkCERA , an online platform designed to empower teachers to personalize literacy instruction across disciplines. The use of digital learning spaces has exploded in use in classrooms nearly everywhere. Through Learning Management Systems (LMS) many educators are moving to put content online and extend learning beyond the four walls and beyond the school day. Want to learn more? Blended Learning Literacy ThingCERA

Scaling Innovation: A System’s Approach to Transforming Teaching & Learning

Digital Promise

To help overcome this, we have adopted the Future Ready Schools Framework , a systematic approach to scaling innovative digital learning practices while promoting long-term sustainability. Putting a thoughtful transition to digital learning in place affords us the opportunity to provide greater clarity and coherence regarding our district’s vision of teaching and learning to educators, students, and our community. Digital Learning Teams.

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Making an environment where teachers can create bespoke lessons

The Hechinger Report

. In their transition to using more personalized learning, the Bristol-Warren Regional School District in Rhode Island made professional development a priority. Located southeast of Providence, this district of 3,500 students and about 300 teachers created a plan that included cooperation with other school districts to help prepare and train teachers in how to use digital tools to create custom-fit lessons for children. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter. “We