Differentiating with Personalized Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

Personalized learning is the latest buzzword in an education environment bursting with new ideas but this one is impressive. In a sentence, personalized learning: “tailors instruction, expression of learning, and assessment to each student’s unique needs and preferences.” If you think it sounds like differentiated instruction, it does with this caveat: Personalized learning is student-directed, student-paced, and designed for each learner.

Personalized Learning Journey Begins with a Vision

Education Elements

In year one of being a personalized learning school, I have had many reflective moments like this at Trailside Middle School. Students engage in selecting their pathway for learning, collaborating, questioning, and self-assessing all day long. Teachers have assumed the role of facilitator and students are owners of their learning. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communications

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Universal Design for Learning and Blended Learning: Engagement

Catlin Tucker

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that is based on a scientific understanding of how people learn. The goal of UDL is to design “barrier-free, instructionally rich learning environments and lessons that provide access to all students” (Nelson, 2).

5 Essential Effective Blended Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

Tips and Tricks I've Learned from Experience From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Online and face-to-face spaces blend to create a today’s classroom. ” When bricks and clicks combine into a powerful learning experience for students, we have an effective blended classroom. This blog post is sponsored by PowerSchool Learning. PowerSchool Learning is my classroom’s Learning Management System (LMS).

Blended learning proof points showcase district schools

The Christensen Institute

Public school districts began innovating with blended learning before most charter schools. According to surveys that Brian Bridges has conducted in multiple states, including California where blended learning is growing rapidly, more school districts utilize blended learning than do charter schools. And the pace of innovation with blended learning is picking up within school districts nationwide.

New resource: Personalized Learning Playbook

The Christensen Institute

Education Elements, an education consulting company, is one of the pioneers in blended learning. Through its experience working with K–12 schools to create blended-learning programs, it has been at the forefront of developing some of the tools, models, and expertise for making blended learning work. Given the company’s vast experience and impressive results , it was exciting to read CEO and Founder Anthony Kim’s new book, Personalized Learning Playbook.

5 Key elements of personalized learning

Neo LMS

Along with concepts like blended learning, adaptive learning and virtual learning, the need to focus on the main character in the learning process came about. This is how personalized learning became the key to every new approach to learning and teaching. Check out the key elements of personalized learning: 5 Key elements of personalized learning. Flexible learning environments. Personal learning paths.

Advancing personalized learning with purpose

The Christensen Institute

At last week’s iNACOL Symposium, the conference halls were abuzz about the promise of personalized learning. In the same week, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released a report in partnership with RAND profiling promising academic results across schools pursuing a range of personalized approaches over the past two to three years. The term personalized learning, however, seems to be taking on a life of its own.

Overcoming 3 challenges of introducing blended learning in the classroom

Neo LMS

Introducing blended learning experiences in core subjects presents many opportunities over traditional print-heavy classrooms. But introducing blended learning in the classroom is not the easiest thing to do. Besides deciding on the right model that perfectly fits the learning needs of the students, there are other challenges to overcome. Overcoming 3 challenges of introducing blended learning in the classroom. E-learning

Partnership with LINCspring: Balance with Blended Learning

Catlin Tucker

Now, you and your PLC can learn together online at a time, place, and pace that works for you! Explore how blended learning can help you partner with students to reimagine learning and find a realistic work-life balance! In my book, Balance with Blended Learning , I invite teachers to reimagine teaching and learning by partnering with students. Consider bringing Balance with Blended Learning into your professional learning community.

A Back-to-School, Personalized Learning Toolkit

Edsurge

Today, I’m amazed at the impact technology can have on the learning process—especially when it enables teachers to personalize learning. And I never tire of hearing stories from educators who are successfully implementing personalized approaches to provide their students a truly unique learning experience. Today, I'm amazed at the impact technology can have on the learning process—especially when it enables teachers to personalize learning.

Balance with Blended Learning is Available Now!

Catlin Tucker

I want students to know that their teachers are there to support them as they work because learning is a process and everyone needs feedback and help to improve. I want students to be intrinsically motivated to revisit and improve their work because they feel like active agents in the learning process. I want teachers to form meaningful relationships with their students and dedicate time to building a true partnership with them so that the responsibility for learning is shared.

Blended learning enables meaningful personal interaction

The Christensen Institute

Conversations around blended learning often focus on devices, software, and classroom layouts, but some of the most powerful benefits of blended learning are the ways in which it allows teachers to have richer and more meaningful interactions with students, parents, and colleagues. Sean explains how blended learning has allowed him to be more in touch with his students and to collaborate with his colleagues.

Go Bold School: Old School + Blended Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Weston Kieschnick @wes_kieschnick helps us how to go bold school with blended learning. Old school plus blended learning = bold school. In today’s show, Weston Kieschnick talks about blended learning and old school teaching: The old school wisdom we should hold onto. Book: Bold School: Old School Wisdom + New Technologies that Work = Blended Learning that Works. Blended learning in the bold school.

With blended learning, plan on change

The Christensen Institute

As schools continue to join the Blended Learning Universe (BLU) school directory —the largest database of blended-learning schools—we are observing some important data trends that highlight how schools are approaching the blended-learning implementation process. In total, 81 of the now 364 active schools in our database use a combination of two or more blended-learning models in their classrooms.

7 must-knows from blended learning’s early adopters

eSchool News

Earlier this year, the Highlander Institute, The Learning Accelerator and The Christensen Institute teamed up to bring together a conference on blended and personalized learning in Providence, R.I. The goal of the event was to focus on the practical elements of blended learning and personalized learning by surfacing the tactics that teachers and leaders from around the country were deploying on the ground.

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.

Will homework disappear in the age of blended learning?

The Christensen Institute

Blended learning can enhance classroom time for students and teachers in ways that either reduce the need for homework or prompt educators to rethink the use of homework entirely. There are a few key reasons why blended learning is facilitating this changing role of homework. First, depending on the model, blended learning can give students the time and support they need to master concepts on a daily basis—thereby reducing the need for further practice at home.

3 tips on incorporating special education into your blended-learning design

The Christensen Institute

This week I had the pleasure of participating in a discussion with the National Center for Learning Disabilities on how special education teachers and advocates can champion and inform the rise of personalized and blended learning in K–12 systems across the country. To get there, here are three areas that school systems implementing blended learning should start paying attention to: 1.

College Credit Classes in Blended Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

Through the Midwest Teachers Institute , I offer four college-credit classes that teach how to blend technology with traditional lesson plans. In this class, you’ll learn what topics to introduce, how to unpack them, and how to make them authentic to student lives. At the completion of this course, you will be able to: Know how to blend digital citizenship into lesson plans that require the Internet. Exhibit a positive attitude toward technology that supports learning.

College Credit Classes in Blended Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

Through the Midwest Teachers Institute , I offer four college-credit classes that teach how to blend technology with traditional lesson plans. The 21 st Century lesson blends technology with teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. Classmates will become the core of the teacher’s ongoing Personal Learning Network. Assessment is project-based so participants should be prepared to be fully-involved and eager risk-takers.

[Guest Post] Giving Up Control: A Teacher’s Perspective on the Personalized Learning Journey

Education Elements

When I gave up control of my classroom, true learning started taking place. They took responsibility for themselves and began collaborating with me to create lessons, and design assessments that would demonstrate mastery of a standard. Students started asking me what they could do either advance their learning or help in the classroom. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Student Achievement Creative teachers Student Agency

Privacy push must not prevent personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

Using online learning, assessment and data analysis, we can more precisely pinpoint what students know and where they are still struggling at the moment they are struggling. We can then use that information to drive better learning. Central to the Teach to One model is an online program that helps create an individualized learning experience for each student. Vitter student-centered learning Teach to One teachers

Top Tips to Create an Organized, Blended Learning Space for Students!

Kleinspiration

Click Above to Register Now I am honored to share some of my most useful tips for setting up a brain-friendly learning space that encourages student collaboration and hands-on learning. I invite you to simply click above to register for this free, jam-packed one hour webinar about effective class design and personalized learning for students.

The importance of jaggedness in personalized learning

eSchool News

According to Learning in the 21st Century: the 2019 Digital Promise LVP Survey , 83 percent of teachers think students are capable of high achievement, but just 26 percent 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.

College Credit Classes in Blended Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

Through the Midwest Teachers Institute , I offer college-credit classes that teach how to blend technology with traditional lesson plans. Resources include a blend of videos, pedagogic articles, lesson plans, projects, and virtual face-to-face meetings to share suggestions with classmates in a collaborative environment. At the completion of this course, you will be able to: Use technology to drive authentic writing activities and project-based learning.

One Step at a Time: A Traditional School’s Journey Into Personalized Learning

Edsurge

It is a part of the Lumen Christi Academies , a group of Catholic schools in the San Francisco Bay Area whose mission is to “nurture ethical scholars who will change the world” through active, personalized and student-led learning. Much of the changes center on shifting our culture and mindset from teacher-focused to student-centered learning. Modifying the curriculum appeared to be a huge challenge; how can we possibly personalize something that is essentially pre-designed?

The Modern Challenges of Formative Assessment

EdTechTeacher

In it he discusses the challenges we face and the opportunities available to us If you would like to read it in its entirety you can find it here: The Modern Challenges of Formative Assessment. Where teachers once had relatively limited options for conducting Formative Assessment, today there is an abundance of simple, effective and free ways to collect information for learning in your classroom.

Blended Learning Reflections and Notes from the #NAISToF Conference

Kleinspiration

This year''s conference is titled "Exploring Together: Blended and Online Learning" and focuses on four themes: blended and online learning, student health and well being, student assessment, and accreditation. This rotation was to serve as a simulation for what we could take back to our own learning environments and use as a model for differentiated instruction. 4 Essential Elements of a Blended Classroom: a.

Personalized learning…is it all a matter of time?

The Christensen Institute

Sometimes I worry that the call to personalize learning is actually code for asking leaders and teachers to do more than they’ve ever been asked to do—but without additional resources to do it. This is especially true for traditional systems that may be aiming to adopt new approaches to teaching and learning but less willing to do away with legacy structures. In it, the fund’s leaders share actionable insights about the promise and pitfalls of personalized approaches.

Important Lessons Learned During the Pandemic and How They Can Drive Needed Change

A Principal's Reflections

After some time, we have seen an initial move to all remote learning, depending on where you live, a shift to some sort of hybrid model. A spike in cases has led to buildings being closed again and a resumption of remote learning in some locations.

College Credit Classes in Blended Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

Through the Midwest Teachers Institute , I offer four college-credit classes that teach how to blend technology with traditional lesson plans. In this class, you’ll learn what topics to introduce, how to unpack them, and how to make them authentic to student lives. At the completion of this course, you will be able to: Know how to blend digital citizenship into lesson plans that require the Internet. Exhibit a positive attitude toward technology that supports learning.

The underestimated resource for personalized learning (and how to get more of it)

The Christensen Institute

When schools think about incorporating personalized learning, it may seem intuitive to consider resources like specific technologies or professional development plans. Although schools may manage to add more time on the margins with a “just do more” mindset, personalizing learning at scale will require a massive rethinking of how schools use time, alongside pursuing new strategies that can save time. 3 ways to find time for personalized learning.

If Personalized Learning Is Going to Work, Teacher Onboarding Must Improve. Here’s How.

Edsurge

In 2017, at the end of our third year of implementing personalized learning at Dallas ISD, our central personalized learning team conducted a series of stepback meetings with school leaders. We wanted to learn their biggest concerns around implementation, along with what was and wasn’t working for them. Personalized learning is a one-size-fits-one approach to instruction that taps into each student’s strengths, needs and interests to customize learning.

Four innovative staffing takeaways from personalized learning schools

The Christensen Institute

Through our research over the past few years, we’ve seen schools around the world adopt technology to amplify the impact of teachers and make learning more student-centered. And, while technology is a powerful learning resource, it’s not the only lever for helping students succeed. Increasingly, we also see schools experimenting with staffing arrangements—essentially, how adults are being utilized in the classroom—in an effort to further magnify personalized learning.