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. Danusis and her teaching staff practice personalized learning, an individual-comes-first approach, usually aided by laptops, that has become a reformist calling card in education. 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

The Hechinger Report

Personalized learning” is among the most discussed initiatives in education today. Most schools nationwide say they’ve implemented personalized learning, to some degree. Some use online programs or software to give students access to content at their individual level , allowing them to move through lessons at their own pace. A few have begun giving students more control over what they learn, believing that this will get them more engaged in their studies.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Framework: Distinctive Schools’ Map to Personalized Learning


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

How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

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. Technology isn’t the only tool we can use to create equitable learning environments, but there are a few ways it can assist in that mission. Students can access learning materials outside of school. Ensuring internet access outside of school.

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

The Hechinger Report

(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. Some passionately believe that it can and must, while skeptics fear that personalized-learning hype has outpaced research into if and, importantly, how it helps students.

The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning


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.

What does ‘career readiness’ look like in middle school?

The Hechinger Report

She has learned to use technology-enabled woodcutting tools and is at work creating a virtual tour of her school, Laing Middle School in Charleston County, using another drone she built in the school’s Fab Lab. Good career exploration today is working to develop things in young people — the ability to work as part of a team, the ability to communicate effectively, personal responsibility — that help them have agency in making decisions about careers.”.

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

The Hechinger Report

Almost no district was truly ready to plunge into remote learning full time and with no end in sight. There is no one-size-fits-all remedy and no must-have suite of digital learning tools. As the struggle continues, a few overarching lessons learned — about equity, expectations and communication — are now helping schools navigate this crisis on the fly. With everything shut down, the chronic issue of home internet access became an immense and acute challenge.

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

The Hechinger Report

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. She clicked on icons embedded in the virtual classroom to learn about energy-saving features such as LED lights and super-insulated exterior walls made of concrete-filled foam blocks. I learned that our solar panels rotate,” she said. “So, Everywhere you walk through this building, you can learn from it.”.

The overlooked power of Zuckerberg-backed learning program lies offline

The Hechinger Report

Summit Learning’s personalized learning program is a key part of the school’s improvement efforts. But Logan’s feelings about online learning are common. Surveys and interviews routinely find that many students prefer learning directly from teachers and get tired of looking at screens. The school uses a platform called Summit Learning as an element of a schoolwide initiative to offer students academic and social-emotional support that is tailored to their needs.

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

The Hechinger Report

There, at least, his teachers could manage his behavioral challenges — even if it meant he breezed through his school work and learned little. About 6 percent of students nationwide are “twice exceptional,” or 2e: They have high academic aptitude but struggle with ADHD, mild autism, dyslexia or other learning and behavioral challenges. On a recent weekday, two students were huddled with a teacher in a hallway strewn with orange and green bean bags, learning to code on a computer.

Schools collect more data, but how is it used?

The Hechinger Report

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. Many teachers and parents still don’t get access to that information – only 38 percent of parents say they had “easy” access to all the information they need.

Data 75

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

The Hechinger Report

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. 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.

?Framework: Future Ready Schools’ Commitment and Dashboard


“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


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.

Data 113

Digital Equity in Rural School Districts

The goal of digital equity is to ensure that all students have access to devices, high-speed internet, and opportunities to learn both in school and out. Flood explained that when students don’t have equal access to devices and high-speed internet, it prevents them from having the same kinds of learning opportunities as their more connected peers. edWeb Blog CoSN Digital equity and access district leadership equity rural districts

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

The Hechinger Report

A New Hampshire student shows one of his assignments to his mother, biology teacher and math teacher during a personalized learning meeting. Notably, the law provides financial and regulatory support for policies compatible with “personalized learning,” a teaching method that gives students custom-fit lessons, the choice to pursue individual passions and the ability to move as quickly (or slowly) as needed to master skills and concepts.

Activating the Community to Support Education Innovation

Digital Promise

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.

Resources: Data Quality Campaign and Policy


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

OPINION: With many schools choosing online learning, how can we keep the music alive?

The Hechinger Report

Our district decided to start grades K-2 in person and grades 3-12 virtually. But the use of breakout rooms for rehearsals and the inherently autonomous learning process have actually been exciting to witness. Music teachers need your advocacy and your help. FRANKLIN, Tenn.

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

Digital Promise

In our current education system, we continue to see gaps in graduation rates and unequal access to high-quality public schools. True equity can be achieved when one’s zip code, race, disability status, household income, native language(s), and other factors out of a student’s control don’t impact that student’s access to the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that open doors to a happy, fulfilling life.

EdTech 260

OPINION: Despite opposition, homeschooling is thriving

The Hechinger Report

Homeschool advocates and practitioners have overcome opposition from the National Education Association; they’ve cleared the restrictions, regulations and other hurdles erected by state or local school officials; and they’ve developed a network of support for parent-instructors who otherwise have little access to professional development. In public schools, all students are learning the same things at the same grade level. K-12 Opinion Personalized Learning

XPRIZE: The Real Winners? Underserved Adult Learners

Digital Promise

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.

Some Thoughts on the UNESCO OER Recommendation

Iterating Toward Openness

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. UNESCO’s canonical definition of OER does not require “free public access” to a resource for that resource to be an OER, as some have tried to argue it should. This is wonderful news in light of recent attempts to stuff a free public access requirement into OER definitions. (I

OER 122

Survey Shows Big Remote Learning Gaps For Low-Income And Special Needs Children


students are accessing remote learning as little as once a week or less, according to a new survey from ParentsTogether, an advocacy group. Kids from low-income homes are three times more likely not to have consistent access to a device. Four out of 10 of the poorest U.S.

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

The Hechinger Report

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. She could start by honoring the federal government’s historic role in promoting educational equity and access. K-12 Opinion Personalized Learning Politics School choice

What the World Can Teach the US About Education Technology


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.

Charting a New Path for Strategic Edtech Planning

Now, the presenters have encountered heretofore unthought-of costs like extended loaner devices, increased repair costs from home use, and distance learning options. Some are also becoming de facto internet service providers as they try to provide WiFi accessibility. With schools planning for potential shutdowns at later dates and with potential changes to learning overall, these costs must be considered immediately. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING. Budgets. Student outcomes.

Close the Achievement Gap: 5 Specific Strategies

EdNews Daily

Every single child who enters our buildings deserves the right to learn and have the opportunity to succeed. We’ve added one more: creating a personalized environment. 1. Access to challenging curriculum and instruction. Provide a Rigorous Learning Environment. Those needs are best met when you and your faculty provide students with a rigorous learning environment. Finally, the heart of authentic rigor is learning, not punishment.

How Schools Struggle to Serve Gifted Students with Disabilities


There, at least, his teachers could manage his behavioral challenges — even if it meant he breezed through his school work and learned little. These kids — believed to make up at least 6 percent of students nationwide — have high academic aptitude but struggle with ADHD, mild autism, dyslexia or other learning and behavioral challenges. On a recent weekday, two students were huddled with a teacher in a hallway strewn with orange and green bean bags, learning to code on a computer.

Learner Voice and Choice Leads to Engagement

Leadership Lounge

The current education system was built around teachers being held accountable for their students' learning instead of the students themselves. This is how most of us learned in school and in teacher education programs, but the approach tends to create a sense of compliancy and “learned helplessness” for both students -- the learners -- and teachers. It puts the responsibility for what is learned in the teachers’ hands versus the learners' hands.

PLE 54

The Importance of Technology in Education


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. I’m deeply motivated to ensure that all students have access to a fantastic, caring, and empowering education. A few years ago, Shannon and Anthony were teaching in the Bronx.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

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. However, between new staff members, changing technology, and new learning goals, the tech coaches became permanent positions, and Linson had to add them to the budget. Randy was a Tech & Learning Magazine runner-up for 2017 digital leaders.

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


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

Marketplace K-12

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.