Personalized Learning at Its Best

Wisewire

Original Article Source: [link]. To be effective, my lessons needed to be personalized for each student. Back in 2003, personalizing meant curating a library of individual lessons, developing a diagnostic assessment, and handwriting personalized pathways for each of my students. Since then, I’ve been lucky to be part of multiple personalized learning implementations using different platforms at a variety of schools.

Personalizing Learning with Branching Google Forms

EdTechTeacher

The following article was published in the most recent edition of Digital Learning Magazine in my column, “The Tech Savvy Classroom with Shawn McCusker.”. Click here for a link to the complete article published in Digital Learning Magazine. Personalized learning creates a variety of challenges for teachers. Understanding the tools that can support the creation of a personalized path for each student is a key part of making it work.

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Taking stock of 2017: What we learned about personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

One of the areas that has received the most attention in K-12 education, dominating headlines, conversations, and research, was personalized learning. Personalized learning remains a broad topic. But it often refers to innovative approaches to tailoring instruction to fit students’ individual needs and increase their autonomy over how, when, where, or what they learn. Online and blended learning. Michigan’s K-12 Virtual Learning Effectiveness Report ”.

How Can School Leaders Personalize Learning? New Book Offers a Guide

Wisewire

Personalized learning has been an education buzzword for several years. A recent survey of by the state education technology directors association, or SETDA, put personalized learning at the top of the list of state priorities. But what does personalized learning actually mean, and how can school leaders do it? He designed the Highlander Institute’s “Fuse” program, which trains educators to lead personalized learning in schools and districts.

Playlists Alone Don’t Equal Personalized Learning

Edsurge

In my most recent school role, I was tasked with leading our school’s transition to personalized learning. Our staff saw incredible potential in using technology in thoughtful ways to meet the needs of every student. For example, one student might read an article at a 4th grade level and another would read the same article at an 8th grade level). On reflection, I wonder if we spent our time and energy personalizing the wrong things.

The Importance of Jaggedness in Personalized Learning

edWeb.net

According to Learning in the 21st Century: the 2019 Digital Promise LVP Survey , 83% of teachers think students are capable of high achievement, but just 26% think students are reaching those levels today. As part of the Learner Variability Project, which “seek[s] to uncover strategies to meet learners where they are across varied contexts and needs,” Digital Promise’s team is examining the key factors for different grades and subject levels that impact student learning.

Personalized Learning: The Why, How, and What

A Principal's Reflections

As a result, many educational entities have embraced a shift to a more personalized approach to learning. While this is admirable, what I have experienced firsthand is a lack of a uniform vision and plan or collective understanding as to what it means to personalize learning. It is definitely not about putting all kids on a device at the same time with no discourse under the guise that a tool can create a truly personal experience. Education is at a crossroads.

What to Identify Before Personalizing Learning

edWeb.net

iNACOL defines personalized learning as “tailoring learning for each student’s strength, needs, and interests—including enabling student’s voice and choice in what, how, when and where they learn—to provide flexibility and supports to ensure mastery of the highest standards possible.” How students show what they have learned and celebrate their learning journey is as important to the personalized learning process as engagement, interest, voice, and choice.

The Two Resources Administrators Should Maximize for Personalized Learning Success

Edsurge

Personalizing education does not mean simply putting a laptop in the hands of every teacher and student; rather, it occurs as leaders empower teachers to go beyond the traditional role of a “content expert” and organically diagnose, analyze, guide, instruct, and coach students. Personalization requires focused intentionality to shift instructional models, using 21st century tools, towards student-centered learning.

Personalized Learning for Teachers?  A Hybrid Model of Professional Development

EdTechTeam

If our goal in education is to meet students where they are and develop lessons that will allow them to grow and challenge them, why is it that we don’t provide that same model for our teachers? Everest School District felt that the old tried and true Professional Development model wasn’t always meeting their needs. They were noted for taking risks, trying something different, wanting to push the envelope on learning. Taking what you learned and applying it?

What the Newest Fitness Craze Can Teach Us About Personalized Learning

Edsurge

During the intense one-hour workouts, performance data is projected onto screens that members can watch, getting real-time feedback from personalized tiles that change colors based on heart rate. While sweating on a treadmill during a particularly grueling workout, it dawned on me how similar the system is to a classroom station rotation , a popular model that allows teachers to meet a wide range of student needs while students work at their own pace.

Keeping Kids Engaged in Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

With the pandemic not letting down in many places, schools are beginning to focus less on re-entry and more on starting the year with remote learning. Teachers in two separate surveys estimated that only about 60% of their students were regularly participating or engaging in distance learning.

In the marketplace: Measuring student progress, new digital solutions, personalized learning, and more

eSchool News

Tech-savvy educators know they must stay on top of the myriad changes and trends in education to learn how teaching and learning can best benefit from technology’s near-constant change. Check below for the latest marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends in education.

Meet Your Stakeholders Where They Are

A Principal's Reflections

Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to have an article published in the digital version of ASCD's Educational Leadership. The title of the article was Transforming Your School with Digital Communication. With that being said it is important for school leaders to meet their stakeholders where they are at and engage them in two-way communications. Expanded access to learning - In my case digital communications opened my eyes to new and more powerful ways to learn.

Remote Learning Teaching Tips

A Principal's Reflections

With little to no training or preparation, they have stepped up to keep learning going. A recent eSchool News article highlighted that most teachers don’t feel fully prepared for remote learning. teachers in mid-March to collect and share best practices, ideas, and common approaches to remote learning. Perhaps the most concerning survey result is that more than half of teachers (57 percent) say they do not feel prepared to facilitate remote and online learning.

On This Episode of Mythbusters: Personalized Does Not Mean Digital

Education Elements

If Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman of Mythbusters looked deep into the world of personalized learning, they would quickly note that one of the biggest misconceptions schools and teachers have is that personalization equals technology. Government class, and I would frequently meet my peers and teacher, Mr. Allan, after school at a Starbucks. Personalized Learning Classrooms

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So We Flipped Our Staff Meetings and…

Turning Learning On Its Head

Do you think you could integrate the concepts of the flipped classroom to optimize student learning time?”. How much input do you give you students in choosing what, where, and how they learn?” . And if that is true, let me ask you why then do you, as a school leader, not practice what you preach when it comes to your own staff meetings and professional learning? So in the course of a school year we have about 1,500 minutes or 25 hours of professional meeting time.

Top Resources for Instructional Coaches and Teachers – October 2020

Edthena

It’s October, and just because we may be in some spooky times call doesn’t mean we need spooky articles. Here are four design elements for facilitators who are hoping to plan successful virtual professional learning activities.

Why Connect?

A Principal's Reflections

I was honored to have been interviewed for Educational Leadership, ASCD's flagship magazine, on the power of Twitter as part of a Personal Learning Network (PLN). You can read the article HERE. As you will see, the true power of connected learning is what you glean from the people you engage with. My “ah ha” moment came in March of 2009 after having read a newspaper article about Twitter in the Staten Island Advance.

So We Flipped Our Staff Meetings and…

Turning Learning On Its Head

Do you think you could integrate the concepts of the flipped classroom to optimize student learning time?”. How much input do you give you students in choosing what, where, and how they learn?” . And if that is true, let me ask you why then do you, as a school leader, not practice what you preach when it comes to your own staff meetings and professional learning? So in the course of a school year we have about 1,500 minutes or 25 hours of professional meeting time.

Part 2… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Nouns Meet 25 Free OER Education Resources

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a series of posts that are dedicated to going beyond the shine of technology by examining ways to use digital tools to engage students in real learning. Be on the look out for future posts entitled the ABC’s of PBL and Deeper Learning and also 40 great education sites to discover in 2015. STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Past Series Articles.

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Making Time vs Finding Time

A Principal's Reflections

Whether it be in the form of endless piles of paperwork, never ending observations, meetings with parents, attending events, developing a master schedule, or constructing a school budget – there never seemed like enough time in my day to even get those responsibilities done. Lesson planning, grading, meeting with students before/after school, running clubs, and coaching all take up a great deal of their time as well. Consider flipping your faculty meetings.

Exploring Learner Profiles: Resources, Examples, and Questions to Consider

EdTechTeacher

And if the learner profile does not lead to action regarding changes in instructional practices to further personalize instruction, then a key rationale for the profile is lost. Including students throughout the process fosters agency and ownership of the learning since they have a clear say in their strengths, interests, goals, and steps needed to improve certain skills and academic competencies. ” Getting to Know You: Learner Profiles for Personalization (EdWeek).

Change education to attack technology-driven unemployment

The Christensen Institute

In a piece for Quartz this past week, I addressed how moving to a blended learning, competency-based education system in which students advance based on mastery, not time, could address many of the concerns by better preparing citizens for the demands ahead. Accordingly, the group wrote, “We need to shift away from rote learning and build instead on our uniquely human strengths in areas like creativity and interpersonal interactions.”.

Learning by Doing: The Power of Immersive Learning Experiences

EdTechTeacher

The following article will be published in the next edition of Creative Teaching and Learning Magazine. Close your eyes and envision a small child learning that walking is just a well-controlled process of falling forward without falling down. These are lessons that we learn by doing. The question here is: “Are there skills that we are currently trying teach that can be better learned through meaningful experiences?” . Is the learning SITUATED?

Differentiate and Personalize Literacy Instruction for Your Elementary Classroom!

Kleinspiration

Adaptive, Personalized Learning for Literacy Instruction in Blended Learning Environments What Is Lexia Core5 ? Designed specifically to meet the Common Core and other rigorous state standards, Lexia Reading Core5 provides explicit, systematic, personalized learning in the six areas of reading instruction, and delivers norm and criteria-referenced performance data and analysis without interrupting the flow of instruction to administer a test.

Why a Web of Connections—Not a Single Relationship—Should Surround Students

Edsurge

Advocates for personalized learning have bold and plentiful ambitions for students: higher rates of engagement, greater persistence, healthy development and expanded opportunity—not to mention improved academics. Putting student-teacher connections at the center of personalized learning efforts is clearly a good idea, especially to curb a tendency to focus on technology over teaching. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

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How Academic Publishers Can Push the Boundaries of Digital Learning

Edsurge

Digital learning platforms are not, however, simply a matter of reproducing a print-first approach via high fidelity ebooks. As the financial viability of printed textbooks declines little by little, the demand for alternatives like online learning content continues to grow. Digital learning platforms are not, however, simply a matter of reproducing a print-first approach via high fidelity ebooks. Instructors of online and blended learning programs also reap the benefits.

District transformation: Help us discover the keys to success

The Christensen Institute

This post describes research I will conduct over the coming months to better understand how school districts can successfully transform mainstream instruction using blended learning. Articles and blog posts across the web examine emerging trends to forecast what lies ahead. But the disruptive story of online learning is far from complete. But we are still far from seeing online learning bring about a ubiquitous transformation toward personalized, competency-based instruction.

How an Anti-Tech Teacher Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace Edtech

Edsurge

I like interacting with the kids and getting that personal relationship. I had the vision that with personalized learning they would be online the whole time and I would never talk to them. Many educators associate personalized learning technology with a push to commercialize and dehumanize education—keeping students glued to screens with little human interaction. Maddux says he is guiding his students as they learn to do all their assignments online.

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Teachers at ISTE Share Their Definitions of Personalized Learning.and They’re All Different

Edsurge

I am assuming it has something to do with meeting kids where they are at. On June 9, the National Education Association heard a flurry of criticism from its union members after publishing an article titled, “ As More Schools Look to Personalized Learning, Teaching May Be About to Change.” We asked attendees what the word “personalized learning” means to them, and what their idea of an ideal “personalized” classroom looks like.

Four Classroom-Ready Tips to Boost Reading Engagement and Drive Learning

Edsurge

Studies show that for students to remain engaged, they need texts that reflect their personal experiences. Offer high-interest content that reflects student experiences Studies show that for students to remain engaged, they need texts that reflect their personal experiences. From popular culture and national conversations to emerging technology and social justice, we have articles that interest every student from any background. What leads to reading success?

Tips for Designing a Future-Focused EdTech Mindset

edWeb.net

While educators and support staff are trying to ensure a continuity of learning for their students during school closures, school and district leaders have an opportunity to design a positive future. Aglio recommends that districts align every action and decision regarding remote and virtual learning to their mission, vision, and core values. This article was modified and published by eSchool News. Learn more at www.net-ref.com. edWeb Blog edtech Personalized Learnin

Is This Hiring Process a Better Way to Find That Perfect Candidate?

Edsurge

Capitol Learning Academy (CLA) plans to launch in Washington D.C. We envision a school where each student progresses along an individual learning continuum and educators focus on developing skills, such as collaboration, perspective taking, technological adeptness, problem solving and adaptability. I’m looking for a non-grade-level specific facilitator who is creative, engaging, can manage an open learning space and is interested in working at a startup school.

A PLN Quick Start Guide

A Principal's Reflections

Image Credit [link] Most educators I talk to have no idea where to begin when attempting to create a PLN that meets their teaching and learning needs. tools and how they can be utilized for teaching and learning. Educators can join a variety of groups that cater to their individual learning interests and engage in discussions as well as submit, read, and comment on articles. Wikis encourage information sharing and collaborative learning.

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