Framing the Personalized Learning Discussion from Tom Driscoll


Learn more about what Tom is doing with teachers by following him on Twitter: @Mr_Driscoll. As Larry Cuban referenced in a recent post , the core idea of personalized learning is far from new. Learning is social. Blog Featured Personalized Learning Tom Driscoll

It’s New Year’s…Yeah, But…


This is how things are done, it’s worked in the past, this is how they learned. But… When asked what they learned, both students replied: “We learned to look up a picture, copy it and label.” If we don’t know how, let’s seek to learn.

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Future Ready Schools® Announces Five Regional Institutes for District and School Leaders


Future Ready Schools (FRS) today announced a series of free regional events to support school and district leaders in creating policies, procedures, and practices that transform teaching and learning. The 2018 FRS institutes are FREE, but space is limited.

5 edtech tools that take personalized learning to the next level

eSchool News

On day one of math class, about one-third of school students are ready to master grade-level standards while others aren’t yet able to complete basic skills. In our first year, we implemented personalized learning in our six middle schools.

Personalized Learning and Digital Tools Weave Strong Fabric for Student Success

EdTech Magazine

Personalized Learning and Digital Tools Weave Strong Fabric for Student Success. But, are the students ready for what awaits them? 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.

Bridging the gap in a rural school district through personalized learning

FETC Converge

Rural districts often face unique challenges that personalized learning can help address. In this guest post, 2019 FETC presenter Sam Brooks shares three important objectives that helped shift his district to a more nimble personalized-learning model to prepare students to be “future-ready” and to address some of the district’s challenges in offering hard-to-staff classes.

Throw out Learning Styles and Replace it with UDL

The CoolCatTeacher

Kathleen McClaskey talks about the research on learning styles and the alternatives for teaching and reaching every child. Throw out Learning Styles and Replace it with UDL. Date: January 11, 2018. Defining Personal Learning. We know that that helps learning.

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Vote for Digital Promise in the 2019 SXSW EDU PanelPicker!

Digital Promise

With that in mind, we invite you to help us tell our stories at SXSW EDU 2019 to spread the word on topics like learner variability, educator micro-credentials, immersive storytelling with 360° technology, maker learning, edtech pilots, data interoperability, and more.

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Changing the narrative using educational success

FETC Converge

“Every day in every one of our schools, amazing things are happening,” says FETC thought leader and Future Ready School’s Tom Murray. It’s about telling stories and creating authentic, personal learning experiences for kids, so they’re prepared for the future ahead — a future that involves automation and robotics in vastly and rapidly changing industries. Uncategorized edtech FETC Future Ready Schools

Educational Technology Serves Equity When Used with Purpose


That vision is to create the best conditions that can lead to equitable learning outcomes and to provide all students with the right resources they need to learn, regardless of race, gender, income and other factors. With ongoing collaboration and learning, I have gained a refreshed understanding of what’s needed to achieve our goals, and I remain committed to educational equity. But despite progress, work remains: according to Future Ready Schools , 21 million U.S.

CUE 2018: How IT Departments Can Minimize Downtime and Maximize Education

EdTech Magazine

CUE 2018: How IT Departments Can Minimize Downtime and Maximize Education. When technology fails in the classroom, it takes away from valuable instructional time and hinders student learning. Lincoln and Nancy Greene, a technology support specialist in the district, discussed Chula Vista’s journey in a session at the Spring CUE 2018 conference. As a result, the district struggled with personalized learning and overall technology integration, Lincoln said.

How We Empowered and Engaged Latino Parents—by Building a Tech Community


Empowering Parents I am always amazed at how grateful our parents are for the opportunity to learn and to become a greater part of their child’s school. But not all learning and community building is comfortable for every participant. In the end, it is critical that schools offer extracurricular opportunities for parents to learn how to navigate their district’s digital presence in addition to students receiving direct instruction on digital citizenship within classrooms.

10 Edtech people to watch in 2018 [INFOGRAPHIC]


Top 10 edtech people to watch in 2018. She believes that every classroom can be a place for these educational adventures — or student-centered, passion-based learning experiences — despite the many challenges facing schools today. E-learning

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ISTE Launches ISTE U to Help Teachers, Leaders Build Digital Competencies


The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is beginning enrollment today for ISTE U , an online professional learning hub for teachers and leaders to build critical skills for teaching and learning in a digital world. What’s New: New Tools for Schools ] ISTE partnered with D2L to use the BrightSpace learning management system (LMS) to power ISTE U. Taking Mobile Learning to the Next Level. ?

Top 10 Tips for Launching Your Makerspace


Make sure the project includes elements that help define your library as a Future Ready program. Remember that hands-on projects that require collaboration will empower students as creators and lead to personalized learning.

What Will You Create this Year?


We want to invest in YOU so that your students benefit from the enthusiasm and energy you have to inspire their learning. As a new mom, I’m dreaming of the world and learning opportunities I want to CREATE for my daughter. Personalized learning opportunities.

Can “playful assessments” tell us whether maker education works?

The Hechinger Report

But what else was she learning in this maker space? The goal is to blend mini-evaluations into learning activities, collecting evidence about student choices and behaviors throughout the process, rather than focusing on just the final result. “We

Cloud Tech Optimizes Workflow for K–12 Schools

EdTech Magazine

With the cloud, slim IT staffs are able to help teachers and administrators leverage technology to create personalized learning experiences and manage student data. The Cloud Makes Learning from Anywhere a Breeze. Leaders from many organizations, such as Future Ready Schools , talk about how schools can enable anywhere, anytime learning. Joe McAllister is a learning environment advisor at CDW•G. Cloud Tech Optimizes Workflow for K–12 Schools.

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Tennessee’s Hamilton County Schools Selects Discovery Education to Drive Inquiry-based Teaching and Learning Initiative in all Middle Schools and High Schools


- Award-Winning Digital Services and Professional Learning to Support the Development of Life-Long Learners- Silver Spring, Md. This unique combination of rich digital content and professional learning will drive HCS’s efforts to help all students become life-long learners.


Texas’ Richardson Independent School District Selects Discovery Education to Support New STEM Education Initiative


May 16, 2018) – Texas’ Richardson Independent School District (RISD) today announced it has selected Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, to support the district’s new, three year “Future Ready: STEM for All” initiative.


A Unified Approach for Digital Integration

His participation in a Learning Counsel event led to district recognition for VPS’s systemic leadership. He is currently working with Apple, Instructure, the Friday Institute, Learning Counsel and other organizations to build authentic partnerships to support his district’s work.

Back to school: 8 ways to spruce up your tech readiness

eSchool News

Summer isn’t quite over, but now that August has claimed its place on our calendars, many educators are getting ready to welcome students back to school in the coming weeks–and that means ensuring tech tools and digital resources are ready to go.

What Makes Professional Development Work?

“Don’t call it professional development—call it professional learning.” Professional learning opportunities need to be designed with agency, fidelity, contextual learning, relevancy, sustainability, and iterant.