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Are teachers truly ‘shifting away from the Station Rotation model?’

The Christensen Institute

Late last year, we published a blog post on new evolutions on top of the Station Rotation blended-learning models that we’d been hearing about from educators on our Blended Learning Universe (BLU). Our friends at Education Elements didn’t agree fully with the way we characterized these shifts. Q: We noted that there are educators moving away from the Station Rotation models. A: Shifting from teacher-led whole group instruction is hard. Education Blog

Personalizing the Station Rotation recipe

The Christensen Institute

In these early personalized classes, Jones led with 15 minutes of whole-group instruction and then gave her students differentiated worksheets that broke down tasks by skills and subskills for each proficiency level. Education Elements exposed us to a lot of different ways, but I remember feeling, ‘Please just tell me what to do.’”. Other teachers assign small groups of students to targeted instruction, changing the groups daily, as needed.

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

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As educators, we always encourage our students to work together; we promise them two heads are better than one. Piedmont Elementary in Alabama, we decided to finally try it. This allows us to meet as a whole group for a 20-30 minute math and science mini-lesson at the beginning of the period, before dividing the students into small groups for the rest of class. Small group interaction, made easier by smath. Education Technology School Models Learning Strategie

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

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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. Through a special-purpose local option sales tax , the district hoped to raise over $200 million to add 65,000 devices in schools by 2017. District leaders then divided schools into five groups and set them up with coaches. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

Communications Tips for School Leaders

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There are many elements critical to the success of change management initiatives, including those involving blended and personalized learning. Don’t forget the power of small groups and 1:1s when possible. At a minimum you want to consider school leaders, teachers, students and parents but there may be more audiences to think about or more ways to split them up (for example you might want different messages for your secondary vs elementary teachers).

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

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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. In less than two years, between 2015 and 2017, the district paid more than $4.5