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The messy reality of personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

In tiny Foster, Rhode Island, teachers at Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School use high-tech methods to teach a largely rural, off-the-grid population. Down Route 6, not far from the Shady Acres Restaurant and Dairy, is Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School. In another room, children rotate through learning stations, sometimes at screens, sometimes putting pencils to paper. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning.

A Key Ingredient for Personalized Learning

Education Superhighway

One of the biggest trends in education today is personalized learning where students have some control over how they learn. While there are many types of personalized learning, one factor needed for all models is the ability for students to connect to a high-speed Internet connection from virtually anywhere while at school. “Wherever a student could be learning, that’s where we have access points,” said Superintendent Jeff Dillon.

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How Small School Districts Are Making Personalized Learning A Reality

MindShift

WILDER, Idaho — Eight years ago, the principal of Idaho’s Wilder Elementary School, Jeff Dillon, made a tough decision: He pulled his children out of the district high school to send them to private school. “I Dillon, now the district’s superintendent (and still its elementary school principal) just wrapped up the first year of a personalized learning program that gives students in all grades an iPad and the ability to master work at their own pace.

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.

Student seeks to create the ‘Netflix of online learning’

The Hechinger Report

I remember thinking that the school systems must have a great list of recommended online learning,” she said. Everyone’s a different learner,” said Joffe, “and that’s often overlooked in online learning.”. Could students, then, be the unwitting experts in remote learning?

Remote learning has been a disaster for many students. But some kids have thrived

The Hechinger Report

Dalton McKittrick is among a small number of students who have thrived in remote learning. Like millions of other American school children, he was pushed into remote learning from home when the coronavirus hit this spring. He enjoyed learning again. He enjoyed learning again.

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.

OPINION: How can teachers help students grapple with the chaos surrounding us?

The Hechinger Report

No matter whether elementary teachers return to physical or virtual classrooms, this will be a year for the history books. What’s less clear is how prepared elementary school teachers are to put these seismic events into context.

Will the students who didn’t show up for online class this spring go missing forever?

The Hechinger Report

Monica Williams remembers the late May day she and first grade teacher Lizette Gutierrez reconnected with the four young siblings from Cable Elementary. No teachers from the San Antonio elementary had heard from the children since schools closed abruptly in March due to the pandemic.

Want Easier Principal Walkthroughs? Try Virtual Classroom Walkthroughs

Edthena

During Covid-19, it might not be possible to go in person. Ultimately the person observing is able to identifying trends in teaching and learning across the set of classrooms.

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. The Fab Lab is one way the Charleston County School District is trying to build career planning into curricula for children at earlier and earlier ages, a trend unfolding in school districts around the country.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

This is part eleven of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” In May, venture capitalist and former securities analyst Mary Meeker released her annual “Internet Trends” report. Among the major trends Meeker identified for 2017: mobile advertising, gaming, and healthcare. ” She posits gaming as the new site for “modern learning,” with an emphasis on skills training and data-driven self-improvement.

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. Katherine Cribbs, a second-grader at Discovery Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, explores the online “energy dashboard” that tracks her school’s energy consumption and production. With a flurry of touch-screen taps, she explored the “energy dashboard” of Discovery Elementary in Arlington, Virginia.

6 EdTech Resources and Strategies to Gain a Deeper Understanding of Students

EdTechTeacher

It is therefore essential to personalize instruction based upon learner differences if we are going to ensure that all students thrive in our schools. Not only has ongoing formative assessment and quality feedback been honed by teachers for years, it has also become recognized as a core element of personalized learning environments, as highlighted in Rhode Island’s Personalized Learning Whitepaper. Students have access to models of strong and weak work.

Educational choice, not school choice, making moves in Florida

The Christensen Institute

Florida is one of the homes of “course access” or “course choice” legislation that allows public dollars to follow students to pay for an individual course of their choice. Course access has traditionally been mostly for high school students. In other words, a student might take her core academics online at home, come in to the local elementary school for arts and physical education, and then enroll in a music academy for private piano lessons.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I But Bredder can’t give students the tool he considers most indispensable to 21st-century learning — broadband internet beyond school walls. We don’t decide which students get textbooks based on their address, so we shouldn’t do that with digital access.”.

Fitbit for education: Turning school into a data-tracking game

The Hechinger Report

By letting students see trends in their grades and attendance and making that data fun to track, administrators hope students can be nudged toward behaviors that are actually good for them academically. Computech is the district’s only “bring your own device” school, and all students have access to a laptop or similar device every day with which they can log in to the portal at any time. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning.

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A bilingual app with sign language brings more stories to deaf children

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Before they can read, preschoolers and early elementary school students sit with teachers and watch and listen as stories are narrated to them. Read” mode builds up children’s English vocabulary so they can access traditional books, too.

Data Interoperability Provides a Path Toward Equity—4 Lessons Learned

Edsurge

During this collaborative research and development (R&D) process, participants learned that achieving data interoperability is a multifaceted challenge. Originally, SDCOE wanted to build a “universal transcript” that showed data from elementary through career. Because most of the districts in San Diego County are elementary school districts, the county decided to pivot and focus only on elementary school literacy data.

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Data Interoperability Provides a Path Toward Equity—4 Lessons Learned

Edsurge

During this collaborative research and development (R&D) process, participants learned that achieving data interoperability is a multifaceted challenge. Originally, SDCOE wanted to build a “universal transcript” that showed data from elementary through career. Because most of the districts in San Diego County are elementary school districts, the county decided to pivot and focus only on elementary school literacy data.

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Does proposed federal policy leave room for disruptive innovation?

The Christensen Institute

For years there’s been consensus that we need to hit refresh on the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Looking at the current version of the legislation, there are three key trends to keep in mind: (1) Sustaining innovations in classrooms and schools. Encouragingly, the current ESSA draft mentions blended learning as one such innovation, if schools manage to effectively integrate technology into their instructional core.

The district where kids beg to go to summer school

The Hechinger Report

In Wilder Elementary School, students not only pick which subjects they want to learn, but they can also spurn their desks and work on the floor if they want. WILDER, Idaho — Eight years ago, the principal of Idaho’s Wilder Elementary School, Jeff Dillon, made a tough decision: He pulled his children out of the district high school to send them to private school. “I Wilder is part of a new national trend to customize learning to each child.

Is strength-based learning a “magic bullet?”

The Hechinger Report

Audrianna Lesieur, age 11, smiles after demonstrating the strength of “Confidence” with encouragement from classmate William Maestas as her teacher Val Seamons moves on to assist Billy Sabo at Lake Canyon Elementary School. Terms like “Caring” and “Competing,” as well as “Confidence,” are very familiar to students at Lake Canyon Elementary School. They’re among the 10 “talent themes,” or strengths, used to underpin learning in the school district here. Future of Learning.

Four Ways You Can Use Data to Create a Personalized, Teacher-Driven PD Playbook

Edsurge

Whether from formative and summative assessments or online instructional programs, data is both a powerful indicator of teaching and a driver for personalizing professional development. For example, imagine that you are an elementary school principal who is looking for opportunities to strengthen specific third grade math skills in the new school year. So, how can you start using data to provide personalized, teacher-centric PD?

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Who ya gonna call? Remote learning helpline for teachers…and parents

The Hechinger Report

The “dream team” of experts answering calls all had stellar credentials: They were teachers themselves, with training in how to deploy technology for learning and years of classroom experience. Related: Rhode Island teachers trying out blended learning — but without high stakes pressure.

Making ‘Big Data’ useful rather than scary for teachers

The Hechinger Report

Atlanta Public Schools is on the leading edge of a new trend in education: getting helpful data to teachers in formats they can understand and leverage with their students. For years, districts nationwide have monitored standardized test data and other measures, reporting it to the state and watching trends across schools. In the first year, district leaders were given access to a dashboard version of the big-picture data they cared most about.

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Twenty-one and in high school

The Hechinger Report

This story is part of a Hechinger reporting series about how “last chance” high schools are pioneering some of the latest trends in high school reform. While other schools adopt different strategies to keep students in class, Bronx Arena, in the Bronx borough of New York City, is betting on close relationships and a personalized academic program to get the job done. When they arrive at Bronx Arena, many need help before being able to re-engage with learning.

What COVID-era learning looks like in 144 innovative schools around the country

The Christensen Institute

But with little to no state and federal guidance about high-quality options for learning during a pandemic, school leaders urgently need ways to learn from the struggles and triumphs of their peers. School levels: Elementary, middle and high.

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6 benefits of using apps with young children

The Cornerstone for Teachers

Most elementary school-age students don’t remember life without computers, tablets and mobile devices. Apps, which are fun and easy to use, can give students a variety of learning platforms and approaches to keep them engaged and motivated. Personalize content based on a student’s ability and level. However, personalizing learning for a class of 25 or more students is a significant challenge for one teacher. Education Trends Teaching Tips & Resources

Navigating Your Journey to Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

In my hometown of Houston, bars and restaurants have closed for fifteen days, which has been a trend occurring across the world to limit the spread of the disease. Prior to the virus turning into a pandemic, school districts began to prepare, and others are now following suit with ways to provide instruction and learning for who knows how long. However, I do know one thing, and that is, there is no one right or wrong way to develop realistic strategies for remote learning.

Why leveraging computer science is crucial to every classroom

eSchool News

In addition, computer science has many facets, meaning educators can leverage various components of the field to reach students across all levels and learning abilities. This provides students with the knowledge and skills required to help follow job market trends when they graduate. Personalized learning. With more access to resources than ever before, students now have the world at their fingertips and can apply this advantage to enhance their educational experience.

6 benefits of using apps with young children

The Cornerstone for Teachers

Most elementary school-age students don’t remember life without computers, tablets and mobile devices. Apps, which are fun and easy to use, can give students a variety of learning platforms and approaches to keep them engaged and motivated. Personalize content based on a student’s ability and level. However, personalizing learning for a class of 25 or more students is a significant challenge for one teacher.

6 benefits of using apps with young children

The Cornerstone for Teachers

Most elementary school-age students don’t remember life without computers, tablets and mobile devices. Apps, which are fun and easy to use, can give students a variety of learning platforms and approaches to keep them engaged and motivated. Personalize content based on a student’s ability and level. However, personalizing learning for a class of 25 or more students is a significant challenge for one teacher.

Local control of schools leads to a patchwork of reopening plans

The Hechinger Report

In this file photo, a student at Quitman County Elementary works on an assignment. The district’s school board had approved a hybrid model in which some students will spend the day learning on campus while their peers learn remotely at home, before the groups rotate later in the week.

29 K-12 edtech predictions for 2021

eSchool News

Abrupt shifts to virtual and hybrid learning laid bare the vast inequities that exist in the U.S. The move to online learning also made people wonder: Are there practices we can continue when the pandemic abates? This may assist with mitigating learning loss.

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