10 Ways to Personalize Learning for Students

The CoolCatTeacher

No, I’m not talking about cheating, I’m talking about understanding the technology tools that can help you earn a better grade. This blog post also comes with an infographic (PDF) that you can print and use to figure out tools to help you in your studies.

25 Focus Areas For Implementing Personalized Learning

Education Elements

In 2015 we published the first edition of our Personalized Learning Implementation Framework (aka PL Framework) based on lessons learned from working with schools and districts over the previous five years. Personalized Learning Leaders School DistrictsAt that time I shared how the PL Implementation Framework was inspired by my Grandma Rose’s love of bingo and the idea that, much like on a bingo board, there are many ways to “win” on the PL Framework.

The messy reality of personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

In another room, children rotate through learning stations, sometimes at screens, sometimes putting pencils to paper. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. If every child had a computer or iPad, she could log into a customized cyberclassroom and learn at her own pace.

Defining the Purpose of Curriculum in Personalized Learning

Education Elements

As an increasing number of schools and classrooms shift to personalized learning across the country, educators face many questions. Many of these questions focus on the need to define the purpose of curriculum, digital content, and tools in a personalized learning setting. While educators are certainly familiar with the use of curriculum in a traditional classroom, a shift to personalized learning brings up new questions like: Personalized Learning Curriculum

Global Education Conference 2017 #globaled17

The CoolCatTeacher

Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon, Global Education Conference co-chairs, talk about the Global Education Conference 2017 that runs from November 13-16. Date: Friday, November 10, 2017. People felt like they were up close and personal with Howard and his son.

PL Superpowers - My Journey to Personalized Learning Superpower Stardom

Education Elements

I was blessed to become a Personalized Learning Lexington Education Leadership Award Fellow (2nd Class) back in December of 2015. Education Elements not only influenced my personal work, but it motivated me to make learning meaningful for my students (all 4,970) in an exceptional way. My work in personalized learning has been inspirational in my district. If you ask if leaders embed small group learning into their districts, the answer will be yes.

What Personalized Learning Is Not

Edsurge

“I really want to personalize learning for my students, but I just don’t see how it’s possible—there’s no way I can create individual lesson plans for all of my students everyday!”. “I I really like what you’ve shared with us today, but I can’t personalize my students’ learning because I don’t have enough devices for all of my students.”. These are just two of the statements I hear from teachers about the challenges of facilitating personalized learning.

Tool: The Personalized Learning Codebook

Edsurge

But after a year-long, data-driven, deep dive into how people understand and apply the learning approaches variously called personalized learning, individualized instruction and differentiation, we’re intimately familiar with Shakespeare’s conundrum. Educators have long worked to tailor learning experiences to students’ unique goals, needs and abilities. But, at a granular level, how people define personalized learning varies, and how they implement it does, too.

Personalized learning…is it all a matter of time?

The Christensen Institute

Sometimes I worry that the call to personalize learning is actually code for asking leaders and teachers to do more than they’ve ever been asked to do—but without additional resources to do it. This is especially true for traditional systems that may be aiming to adopt new approaches to teaching and learning but less willing to do away with legacy structures. In it, the fund’s leaders share actionable insights about the promise and pitfalls of personalized approaches.

What’s the difference between blended and personalized learning?

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this month, after two exhilarating and exhausting days at the Blended and Personalized Learning Conference in Providence, R.I., which we cohosted with our partners at Highlander Institute and The Learning Accelerator), I boarded an evening flight back to D.C. Just after takeoff, a school principal from Virginia seated in the row just ahead of me poked his head through the seat to ask: “So, what’s the difference between blended and personalized learning?”.

Is Homework Compatible With Personalized Learning?

Edsurge

But just as continual development of the iPhone eventually renders older prototypes obsolete; so too are new educational technologies pushing us past differentiation towards personalized learning. Transitioning to a personalized learning environment doesn’t happen overnight—it’s a process. I had to set aside the pride I felt for my personal knowledge—and my love of talking—so that I could start listening to my students and discover what was meaningful for them.

Playlists Alone Don’t Equal Personalized Learning

Edsurge

In my most recent school role, I was tasked with leading our school’s transition to personalized learning. On reflection, I wonder if we spent our time and energy personalizing the wrong things. We focused on pacing and content, but not on each student’s individual learning skills (and all the differences among them). I now see that personalized learning environments require personalized learning strategies.

Making Personalized Learning Real

Edsurge

Goals anchor learning, providing direction for teachers and students. These days, many educators are fueling their hope with visions of personalizing learning—of finding ways to help students articulate their goals, find pathways, take action and keep at it, no matter the obstacles. Even so, there is plenty of debate about “personalized learning,” starting with the core question: Is it a “thing”? Can “personalized learning” be the same in different schools?

How School Libraries Can Help Personalize Learning

edWeb.net

With personalization becoming a growing initiative in schools, the library is a valuable asset for personalizing instruction around student needs. Michelle and Jackie discussed how the library can personalize instruction through assessing, reading, learning, and making.

Why ‘Personalized Learning’ Can Feel So Impersonal

Edsurge

Why does personalized learning, ironically, feel so impersonal? Personalized learning, in its broadest application, suggests tailoring instruction to meet the needs, strengths and interests of each learner. Yet there is clearly a gap between how educators and entrepreneurs perceive “personalized learning” and many other technology-infused terms in education. One of the more measured posts reads: There is NOTHING “personal” about personalized learning!

It’s Time to Take Back Personalized Learning

Edsurge

In what no doubt feels like an ironic twist for most teachers, the concept of personalized learning has come under fire. But teachers know personalized learning is designed to enable the sort of flexibility children deserve, and provide space to adjust the format and structure of lessons to fit each student’s needs. More recently, the term “personalized learning” has become conflated with something it is not. That’s personalized learning.

4 Tech-free Ways to Personalize Learning in Your Classroom

Edsurge

This is personalized learning at its best—and it’s not nearly as chaotic or difficult to pull off as it may sound. So here are four tried-and-true techniques to get you started, wherever you are in your own personalized learning journey. I begin every year with a personal reminder of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Without students’ basic needs being met, learning will be difficult, if not impossible. . Focus on Project-Based Learning.

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. Could you paint a picture of a classroom where technology is a lever for personalization?

Massachusetts districts now trade notes on best paths to personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

Revere hosted a learning tour for other schools last year, to share its experiences with personalizing learning. Blended learning was the gateway to personalized learning in the Natick Public Schools, about 20 miles west of Boston.

Where Does Personalized Learning End and Special Education Begin?

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I’ve committed to personalizing learning, but how can I do that for every student in my inclusion classroom when the range of abilities among them is so vast? Personalized learning doesn’t seem that far off—but meeting the needs of every student in an inclusion class when some have IEPs and some do not can get hairy. I’d like to see special education take a front seat in conversations about personalized learning.

Without the Right Curriculum, Personalized Learning Is Just Another Fad

Edsurge

More school leaders than ever before are seeking to harness digital tools to personalize learning and to prepare students for life after school, when creating and thinking with technology will be at the heart of being engaged and productive members of society. The curriculum—what students are learning—matters. For example, as students learn to read, it is critical that they build a strong and wide foundation of knowledge.

When Personalized Learning Is a Logical Fallacy

Edsurge

Personalized learning is not a product you can buy — it’s a set of strategies that teachers can implement, sometimes with the help of products that are designed to support those strategies. Personalized learning, adaptive learning, potato, potahto.

Personalized learning won’t work without personalized supports

The Christensen Institute

Last week’s New York Times Fixes column highlighted the enormous promise of PowerMyLearning, a framework and tool that connects teachers, families, and students. 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. Where might schools hoping to tackle personalized supports start?

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 supports a diverse student body

edWeb.net

In fact, a conservative 30-40% of students may require an alternate learning path or support during their learning. Personalized learning comes into play with such a high level of learner diversity. Research and technology are key to improving personalized learning.

Pulling the Plug on a Personalized Learning Pilot

Edsurge

Like all district administrators, Dr. Ayindé Rudolph, superintendent at Mountain View Whisman School District (MVWSD), wants to see students improve, be challenged and get excited about learning. Among the tools the district found was Teach to One: Math (TTO), a digital personalized learning program by New Classrooms , a New York-based nonprofit, that adapts to a student’s individual skills and gaps. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

3 Ways to Instantly Grow Your Personal Learning Network

Edsurge

Imagine a network of leaders from every sector of education: public schools and early learning centers, colleges and universities, museums and libraries, nonprofits and corporations. It’s the Remake Learning Network , a professional network of educators and innovators working together to shape the future of learning. It can also consist of individuals who’ve never met face-to-face but who find each other online, united by a common goal to collaborate and learn.

Fusion: Bringing Personalized Learning Together

Edsurge

At its core, personalized learning means giving every student opportunities to learn in ways that connect and support them to the fullest extent possible. EdSurge is teaming up with Digital Promise to deliver a conference aimed at taking school leaders on the full arc of the personalized learning journey. The keystone ideas: learning, for all, supported through appropriate and powerful technologies. Learn more about the EdSurge Fusion Conference on Nov.

Microsoft Eases Personalized Learning and Encourages Future-Ready Skills

EdTech Magazine

By Anthony Newbold A new collaboration tool creates a more on-demand classroom for teachers and students. Classroom Collaboration Digital Content Management Team Collaboration

Making equity a first principle of personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

These words echoed from the keynote speakers at the annual Blended and Personalized Learning Conference (BPLC) in Providence, R.I., On April 1st, in partnership with Highlander Institute and The Learning Accelerator, the Christensen Institute co-hosted the BPLC for the second year in a row. To build the agenda we used our Blended Learning Universe to recruit innovative school leaders and educators to share their tactics and practices at the cutting edge of school innovation.

4 Ways To Grow Your Personal Learning Network This Week

The Web20Classroom

Social media allows us to connect, to learn, to grow and to reflect not only within ourselves but with each other. She has them write 3 things they need to improve their learning and 3 things they can give to improve the learning of others.

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. Next page: How 5 schools personalize learning for students).

Sound Advice on Personalized Learning from Six Regional Incubators

Edsurge

That’s the bottom line and big payoff for listening to this six-podcast series on personalized learning from The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. For city-based organizers interested in incubating a diverse set of next gen school models, personalized learning networks, or innovative education ecosystems, these podcasts provide a valuable jump-start. Don’t underestimate the number of local educators who are willing to try out new learning strategies.

Announcing the 2017 Fifty States Project: Personalized Learning Across the Country

Edsurge

If you're in education, chances are you've heard the term "personalized learning." What does "personalized learning" look like from coast to coast, classroom to classroom? We called it The Fifty States Project , an initiative to showcase educators and their stories of supporting learning by using technology. We invite educators to submit articles in response to one of the following prompts: How do you define personalized learning?

The Two Resources Administrators Should Maximize for Personalized Learning Success

Edsurge

Personalizing education does not mean simply putting a laptop in the hands of every teacher and student; rather, it occurs as leaders empower teachers to go beyond the traditional role of a “content expert” and organically diagnose, analyze, guide, instruct, and coach students. Personalization requires focused intentionality to shift instructional models, using 21st century tools, towards student-centered learning.