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.

Framing the Personalized Learning Discussion from Tom Driscoll

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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

Personalized Learning Is the Answer. (I Forgot the Question.)

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public education these days is personalized learning. Personalized learning is something teachers do, something students do, something teachers do with students, or something students do with one another. Personalized learning is a noun, a verb, and an adjective. For anyone seeking to label an ideal education experience or garner support for a new initiative, personalized learning provides the answer. Personalized learning has laudable aims.

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

The Histories of Personalized Learning

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I recognize that the theme of this conference is “shaping the future of learning” but I want to talk a little bit about the past. They do so in order to make a particular point about their vision for what learning should be like. “The personal computer” and such.

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.

Giving students a say

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He decides whether to tackle a math lesson or a science one, for example, taking into account his own interests as well as his responsibilities. Now, if he finishes a history lesson first, for example, he goes on to the next one – or switches to another subject.

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.

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

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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.

As states push for news ways of learning, some kids and parents feel left behind

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Personalized learning lets Champlain Valley Union High School sophomore Bella Curtis study toward a certificate in horse management. New ways of teaching and learning are needed to make sure students prove they’ve mastered topics before earning a diploma, they say.

Inside Maine’s disastrous roll out of proficiency-based learning

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In theory, proficiency-based models let students learn at their own pace, speeding up if they grasp a concept quickly, and getting extra help if they struggle. In practice, though, it can take many different forms, including independent study, learning communities and online programs.

Why haven’t new federal rules unleashed more innovation in schools?

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His school and his state are trailblazers in personalized learning, a method that tailors instruction to students’ individual interests and learning speeds. Personalized learning advocates had big hopes for ESSA, enacted in 2015. Future of Learning.

What’s school without grade levels?

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In math teacher Danielle Bosse’s classroom, three students take assessments (foreground) while their classmates learn and practice different math skills. There’s so much behind music to learn.”. Educators wanted students to engage more and apply their learning in meaningful ways.”.

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.

MIA in School: Instilling a Sense of Purpose in Students

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I should be grateful that I have a child who seems to know what he wants in life, knows what he wants to learn about, and moves confidently towards the future. This can create a situation where students feel little personal ownership in their success. We sort them by age, not aptitude; govern learning by bells, not mastery; teach to the test, not to their interests. By allowing students to lead their own learning and exploration, we are teaching them to be intentional.

OPINION: Despite opposition, homeschooling is thriving

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In Massachu­setts, for example, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education lists and links to all private and parochial schools in the commonwealth. In public schools, all students are learning the same things at the same grade level. K-12 Opinion Personalized Learning

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. This is especially important because teachers have so many other things to get adjusted to, learn, and frankly, worry about. After establishing principles, participants should learn about the practices that help them make instructional changes from data analysis.

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Why Don’t Schools Focus on Literacy?

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What could be the reason for not focusing on literacy on a consistent basis for their professional learning efforts? – Trauma-based learning. – Personalized learning. – Blended learning or a 1:1 technology initiative.

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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.

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. Deklotz said, “Students telling the story about how their personalized plan has helped them plan for the future and how they think about school has more impact on the board and community than data.”

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

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We can’t allow frustrations to lead us toward alternative examples of mediocrity or failure. While there are certainly exceptions, this human interaction standard can serve as a compass to guide our investments and advocacy.

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Student Agency: Moving From Talk to Action

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We were able to transform the learning culture of a traditional school and in the process got results while becoming an example that others emulated. Student agency is about empowering kids to own their learning (and school) through greater autonomy.

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. For example, the government makes sustained investment in creating and maintaining roads, but it doesn’t do this work itself.

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Agency: Important for Students and Educators

A Principal's Reflections

Empowerment and ownership need and should be associated with learning to increase relevancy, value, meaning, and outcomes. Voice Educators, both teachers and administrators, should have a say in many elements that influence a school’s learning culture.

Why new technologies often don’t help students

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For example, as Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee explain in their book, The Second Machine Age , when factory managers first replaced the steam engines used to power manufacturing equipment with electric motors, the new technology had little impact on productivity.

Improving Social-Emotional and Reading Skills

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As the importance and benefits of social-emotional learning (SEL) have become more widely recognized, many teachers have struggled to combine this type of learning with their required curriculum. edWeb Blog Literacy Reading skills social emotional skills social-emotional learning

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.

For ed-tech success, why schools use technology is just as important as how

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Many public school districts don’t have the resources to partner with an education technology company to develop customized digital learning tools for their classrooms. For example, in early 2008, LPS noticed that students were falling behind in math. Read more about Blended Learning.

The Keys to Discussing Student Data Privacy

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For example, teachers most likely know they can’t just download an app and start using it with their students. In 2017 the district opened MOSAIC, a personalized learning elementary school, and created the MyPath program, which allows high school students to create their own class.

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. For example, his district decided to stop hosting the tech applications on site and moved them to the cloud.

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.

Should you build your own LMS?

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Districts, in turn, must decide whether to build out their own online content platforms, farm it out to a learning platform provider like FuelEd (formerly Aventa Learning) or K12, or take a hybrid approach. Powell points to Facebook’s recent move into the K-12 space as an example.

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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.”

Empowering Superintendents to Connect Technology and Learning

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In fact, many school technology plans fluctuated depending upon the latest fads and what someone learned at a conference and had little connection to curriculum or learning goals. Imperative 2: Raise the Bar with Rigorous, Transformative & Innovative Learning and Skills.

More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

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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. The question we must each ask ourselves is – what is the real goal of our OER advocacy? We learn by the things we do.

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