The messy reality of personalized learning

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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.

Choosing personalized learning as a strategy for educational equity

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Personalized learning” is among the most discussed initiatives in education today. Most schools nationwide say they’ve implemented personalized learning, to some degree. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning.

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How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

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It removes barriers to learning materials, supports students where they are across varied learning contexts and needs, and gives educators more insight into the learning environments they’re creating. Students can access learning materials outside of school.

Framework: Distinctive Schools’ Map to Personalized Learning

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Distinctive Schools , a network of high-performing charter schools in Chicago, Minnesota and Michigan, offers an example of how to create and operate a personalized learning system. It relies on a definition of personalized learning developed in 2014 by educators from 16 schools and representatives of a number of nonprofit and advocacy organizations. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

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(From left to right) Sixth graders Mia DeMore, Maria DeAndrade, and Stephen Boulas make a number line in their math class at Walsh Middle School in Framingham, Massachusetts, one of 132 “Basecamp” schools piloting the Personalized Learning Platform created by the Summit charter school network.

The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning

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We have proven the fact that all children can learn — and can learn well — under the right instructional circumstances,” said Kenneth W. They decided to “personalizelearning for every child, which means that they tailored lessons to each student’s needs, interests and learning pace. They gave each student access to technology that helps teachers customize their lessons. What is personalized learning? based education reform advocacy group.

Schools lead the way to zero-energy buildings, and use them for student learning

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Dressed in pastel pink and green for an early spring day, second-grader Katherine Cribbs was learning about energy on a virtual field trip – to her own school. I learned that our solar panels rotate,” she said. “So, Everywhere you walk through this building, you can learn from it.”.

More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

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My recent post about the cost trap and inclusive access prompted responses by Jim Groom and Stephen Downes. For example, in 2015 I wrote that “My ultimate goal is this: I want to (1) radically improve the quality of education as judged by learners, and (2) radically improve access to education. Ask a publisher why inclusive access is good for students and the list of reasons they will provide sounds like it came straight off a 2013 OER advocacy slide.

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Twice exceptional, doubly disadvantaged? How schools struggle to serve gifted students with disabilities

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There, at least, his teachers could manage his behavioral challenges — even if it meant he breezed through his school work and learned little. He worked far faster than the other students in his self-contained classes, she said, and there was little of the in-depth learning that he thrived on.

Schools collect more data, but how is it used?

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Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter. We think that’s the hardest work left,” said Brennan McMahon Parton, director of policy and advocacy at the Data Quality Campaign. “We Brennan McMahon Parton, director of policy and advocacy at the Data Quality Campaign.

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School of Me: Letting students study what they want, when they want is the latest education trend

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A fifth grader works on a digital lesson as part of a blended learning program. We have proven the fact that all children can learn — and can learn well — under the right instructional circumstances,” said Kenneth W. What is personalized learning?

Dramatic DeVos nomination begs question: Can she be an effective Ed Secretary?

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Nevertheless, many choice advocates support DeVos, including the Success Academy founder and CEO Eva Moskowitz , former Florida Governor Jeb Bush , a national charter advocacy organization and the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal , Chicago Tribune and Detroit News , among others.

OPINION: Despite opposition, homeschooling is thriving

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Since school superintendents are responsible for all students of compulsory attendance age in their districts, why not allow homeschoolers access to extracurricular activities? In public schools, all students are learning the same things at the same grade level.

?Framework: Future Ready Schools’ Commitment and Dashboard

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“For personalized learning to thrive, principals must create a culture of innovation that brings together students, teachers, administrators, parents and the community to share a vision for an improved learning experience.”. This is one of the principles championed by Future Ready Schools (FRS), a project of the policy and advocacy organization, Alliance for Excellent Education. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

The 4-Letter Word You Need to Know—and How Teachers and Administrators Can Embrace Data Literacy

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Brennan McMahon Parton, Data Quality Campaign ’s associate director of state policy and advocacy, recently spoke with him about data literacy for teachers. At the Data Quality Campaign, we define a data-literate educator as someone who has the knowledge and skills to access, interpret, act on, and communicate about data to support student success. Teachers have essential access to data, but they need greater understanding of data interpretation and analysis.

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States can change the way they think about education, but will they?

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A New Hampshire student shows one of his assignments to his mother, biology teacher and math teacher during a personalized learning meeting. Related: NCLB’s legacy: As the ESSA era begins, have policymakers, educators learned from the past?

Resources: Data Quality Campaign and Policy

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Using data well “ensures that students aren’t just counted but that each student counts,” says Data Quality Campaign (DQC), a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization that works for changes in policy and practice around data flow. But DQC has a healthy resource bank that provides ways to support and join its advocacy efforts. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

Activating the Community to Support Education Innovation

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Superintendent Pat Deklotz and Assistant Superintendent Theresa Ewald have worked with their team to create a culture that empowers teachers and students to be thoughtful critics and advocates of their own learning and to explain and advocate for their experiences with the community. Teachers have access to opportunities and resources that guide the effective implementation of CBE in their classrooms and have an intimate understanding of its power.

Edtech, Equity, and Innovation: A Critical Look in the Mirror

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In our current education system, we continue to see gaps in graduation rates and unequal access to high-quality public schools. When an educator is unprepared and unable to access high-quality resources to meet our unique learners’ needs, the system penalizes the educator.

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Some Thoughts on the UNESCO OER Recommendation

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I want to highlight some of the parts of the Recommendation that caught my eye, reading both from a personal perspective as well as my Lumen perspective. This is wonderful news in light of recent attempts to stuff a free public access requirement into OER definitions. (I

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XPRIZE: The Real Winners? Underserved Adult Learners

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Although low-skilled adults have minimal access to educational opportunities, I outlined in my 2015 blog post some ways in which technology has the potential to provide critical access to quality, personalized learning experiences for this underserved population. It has spurred the publication of white papers, launch of incubators and conferences, as well as interest amongst journalists and advocacy groups.

What the World Can Teach the US About Education Technology

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Governments, educators, advocacy groups and companies large and small need to work better together. Long-term planning and investment in infrastructure for widespread and improved access to the internet and mobile devices is critical. But what may surprise some readers of the report, released Monday, is what the United States can learn from developing nations when it comes to bringing together all parties interested in edtech.

How Schools Struggle to Serve Gifted Students with Disabilities

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There, at least, his teachers could manage his behavioral challenges — even if it meant he breezed through his school work and learned little. He worked far faster than the other students in his self-contained classes, she said, and there was little of the in-depth learning that he thrived on.

Learner Voice and Choice Leads to Engagement

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The current education system was built around teachers being held accountable for their students' learning instead of the students themselves. It puts the responsibility for what is learned in the teachers’ hands versus the learners' hands.

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The Keys to Discussing Student Data Privacy

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Linnette Attai, Project Director, CoSN Privacy Initiative and Trusted Learning Environment Program, suggested that administrators ask the same questions of parents that they did of their employees: what do the parents know, and what do they need to know?

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

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Student outcomes and budget management: Basically, this means schools need to balance their learning goals and desired impact on the students and teachers with a realistic budget. Randy was a Tech & Learning Magazine runner-up for 2017 digital leaders.

The Importance of Technology in Education

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In the following interview, find out what led them to careers in edtech and why they're so passionate about student-centered learning. Anthony - As a teacher, I believed in the importance of technology in education and that all students needed their own personalized learning path.

Seven Questions for Sandra Liu Huang, Chan Zuckerberg's New Head of Education

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After a career working at tech-centric companies including Google and Quora in product roles, Liu Huang joined CZI in 2017 to oversee the product development, notably the Summit Learning platform. CZI aims to be a different type of philanthropy looking to integrate grantmaking, advocacy and technology to serve others. The announcement highlights your work with the Summit Learning Program.

Business Execs, Governors Push Congress to Put $250M Into K-12 Coding

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A number of top executives, a bipartisan assortment of governors, and multiple advocacy groups have issued an open letter to Congress calling on the government to devote $250 million to computer coding education for students, along with professional development in that subject for teachers. Our schools should give all students the opportunity to understand how this technology works, to learn how to be creators, coders, and makers—not just consumers,” they say.

5 Reasons to Address Cyber Security

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Sharing both personal experiences and insights from across K-12, they implored school leaders to create a comprehensive cyber security plan now. Teaching and Learning: When the school network goes down temporarily, classes are momentarily disrupted.

Jim Shelton to Leave Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

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Since then, you’ve helped redefine student success in ways that go beyond academics and made learning science more accessible to teachers.” Jim has really helped [Priscilla and Mark] set the vision for CZI—personalized, whole child education Linda Darling-Hammond Shelton leaves an organization that rocketed into a dominant position in education in two years’ time. From its early days, CZI has also been closely linked with the concept of “personalized learning.”

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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www.getalma.com ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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That being said, if you’re using a piece of technology that’s free, it’s likely that your personal data is being sold to advertisers or at the very least hoarded as a potential asset (and used, for example, to develop some sort of feature or algorithm).

WHAT’S NEW

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Software & Online ACCELERATE LEARNING STEMSCOPES SCIENCE ( www.stemscopes.com ) Accelerate Learning announced a new platform using the best of CNN’s digital content to create a new science education product. Each learning space is equipped with a 20’ 2” (6.16

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SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

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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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