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. 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.

State Support, Community Effort: Personalized Learning in South Carolina

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Marianne Beja had been in education for more than 30 years when she discovered personalized learning. I want to build a community of lifelong learners, and I think personalized learning is the way to do it. Source: KnowledgeWorks Personalized Learning Resources.

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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. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning.

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?

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.

AI and Personalized Learning That Goes Beyond Tech: The Latest Camelback Ventures Cohort

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Participants in the venture’s fourth cohort did come together in person on Thursday, though, to present their work at a theater in Oakland. Meanwhile, the schools that shared their ideas focused on student-centered learning and models that honor the differences in students and “think about personalized learning beyond just technology.” Employers on the platform, meanwhile, get to learn about the potential of their current employees.

The Histories of Personalized Learning

Hack Education

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.

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. Personalized learning is one of the most popular goals in schools today.

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. But a handful of school systems across the country are searching for better ways to accommodate bright students with disabilities.

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.

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. Related: Teachers need lots of training to do online learning well.

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

The Hechinger Report

Toppan, a junior at the high school, was angry that the administration hadn’t sought student input about the change, and worried that a switch to a 1-4 grading system, with a 3 the highest possible grade on some assignments, would hurt her chances of getting into a good college.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

What’s school without grade levels?

The Hechinger Report

In math teacher Danielle Bosse’s classroom, three students take assessments (foreground) while their classmates learn and practice different math skills. We can’t keep structures that would allow us to fall back into a more traditional system,” said Steiner. “If Future of Learning.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

How a New Hampshire school uses personalization to put the tools in the hands of the learners

The Hechinger Report

The demand for making the learning experience responsive to every student’s individual learning needs is accelerating. Personalization is a growing focus for policy development, technology applications and educational marketing. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

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. What is personalized learning?

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. I learned that our solar panels rotate,” she said. “So, Everywhere you walk through this building, you can learn from it.”.

District says 24 credits and a D-minus average aren’t good enough

The Hechinger Report

The Windsor Locks High School freshman belongs to the first cohort of students going through middle and high school under a new system. Traditional grades no longer exist, children get extra help based on their individual learning needs and classrooms run very differently.

Vermont’s ‘all over the map’ effort to switch schools to proficiency-based learning

The Hechinger Report

Senior Remi Savard is part of the last class at Montpelier High School that experienced the system before the school’s switch to a proficiency-based model. “It’s Now, Savard says, learning targets are clearer, and there’s more opportunity to truly understand the material. “It’s Statewide standards set expectations for subject areas students are supposed to learn, but graduation requirements are set locally in Vermont. I’m an educated person. I’m an educated person.

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.

Tool: Project Unicorn—Making the Mythical Idea of Data Interoperability Real

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Project Unicorn is an advocacy initiative whose eight partner organizations want to improve data interoperability within K-12 education. As schools and districts implement innovative learning systems, they must address issues of data interoperability. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

?Resource: Project Unicorn Interoperability

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Project Unicorn is an advocacy initiative focused on improving data interoperability within K-12 education. It strives to make the broader case for secure interoperability for students and school system. At a more sophisticated level, systems should have the ability to integrate or import unique student identifiers such as those used by student information systems. 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. 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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Is competency-based learning the next big thing in school reform?

eSchool News

In a typical Georgia school, kids like Sean Prisk would have to abide by a kind of classroom speed limit, forced to learn at the same pace as others his age. Locust Grove Principal Anthony Townsend believes his students are more engaged and learning more under the new approach.

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. Students can access learning materials outside of school.

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. 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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Activating the Community to Support Education Innovation

Digital Promise

KMSD knows that innovation and change, however, are not sustainable without systemic buy-in at all levels. 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. To learn more, check out a webinar with more information here.

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

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

The Christensen Institute

Initially, steam-powered factories organized equipment based on its proximity to a central steam engine, which powered the equipment through a branching system of axles, pulleys, gears, and crankshafts. The Gooru software and LPS’s learning resources are available for free at gooru.org.

District adds data use to teacher training

eSchool News

Long Beach Unified School District aims to bridge the data gap between teaching and learning. A new video by the Data Quality Campaign shows how using data empowers LBUSD teachers to match their learning needs to the learning needs of students.

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. Related: NCLB’s legacy: As the ESSA era begins, have policymakers, educators learned from the past?

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. 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. The initiative supports interoperability, which refers to the ability for different education software, platforms and systems to work with one another.

Will blended learning fulfill its disruptive potential?

The Christensen Institute

Given this history, could blended learning be just the latest educational fad to follow this same pattern? Unlike other reform efforts, however, the disruptive potential of blended learning does not depend on advocates winning debates about its theoretical benefits.