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.

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.

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Practical Applications to Individualize and Personalize Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Possibly one of the most important shifts needed in schools is to provide individualized and personalized learning experiences to students. Image credit: [link] Infusing online learning opportunities should be a given in a digital world.

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. Education Technology Professional Development Personalized Learning

What if personalized learning was less about me and more about us?

The Hechinger Report

The project typifies the mix of personalized and social learning that’s been a mainstay for 25 years at King, a founding member of a school network called EL Education. But there’s no common definition yet for what personalized learning actually is.”.

Where Does Personalized Learning End and Special Education Begin?

Edsurge

I’ve committed to personalizing learning, but how can I do that for every student in my inclusion classroom when the range of abilities among them is so vast? IEPs are legal documents designed to include specific goals, objectives and strategies for how to modify instruction to meet each student’s needs. Personalized learning doesn’t seem that far off—but meeting the needs of every student in an inclusion class when some have IEPs and some do not can get hairy.

Why the Best Personalized Learning Programs Start Way Before High School

Edsurge

At my district’s high schools, personalized learning is fairly easy to see. Sometimes elementary and middle school teachers come across as apologetic about how “little” they are doing in relation to personalized learning. Sometimes our elementary and middle school teachers come across as almost apologetic about how “little” they are doing in relation to personalized learning compared to their high school counterparts.

Can SEL Support Personalized Learning? How One Chicago School is Finding Out

Edsurge

This story is part of a series from EdSurge Research on how schools are redefining student success using MyWays , a framework created by Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC). Change has proven rewarding at CICS West Belden , a high-performing K-8 charter school in Chicago, which recently shifted to a personalized learning model. For CICS West Belden, the “next level” was shifting to a personalized learning model, moving students towards competency-based education.

Post-Lesson Reflection: What Do Students Think They Learned?

Catlin Tucker

In the last two blogs, I have focused on strategies teachers can use to 1) assess prior knowledge before a lesson and 2) check for understanding during a lesson. I’ve suggested that teachers build mechanisms into their lessons to collect formative assessment data.

Personalized Learning for Teachers?  A Hybrid Model of Professional Development

EdTechTeam

They were noted for taking risks, trying something different, wanting to push the envelope on learning. If you’re a Physical Education teacher and want to learn more about how using a tool like Seesaw can help document evidence of growth, feel free to sit down at the table with a media specialist, a first-grade teacher and a high school English teacher. Want to start a conversation about the best assessment tools, give a shout out and point to the corner you are meeting in.

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

Edsurge

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 Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!

Kleinspiration

I''ve organized the gifts into three categories : Autographed Books : a few of my friends who are authors have generously donated a signed copy of their book - I personally have a copy of these and simply love each book! Day 5- What did I learn?

Assessing Students Over Time and Also Saving Teachers’ Time

edWeb.net

Now educators can make their instruction more effective and provide practice linked directly to progress monitoring and formative assessment results using free digital tools from Microsoft. Creating Quick Quizzes Linked to Personalize Practice.

3 Months, 3 Micro-credentials, 1 Teacher: Building Performance Assessment Capacity in Georgia

Digital Promise

Kimberly Sheppard is a personalized learning coach for Henry County Schools in Georgia. In June, she submitted evidence for and earned all the micro-credentials in the full stack , “Leading a Performance Assessment Community.”

Building a PBL Environment

EdTechTeacher

This article will be published in the next edition Digital Learning Magazine. Building a PBL Environment: 5 Tools to Support Project Based Learning and the Future of Work. The skills presented on the WEF list are best learned through experience. by Shawn McCusker.

How Education Elements Guides Districts in Creating Environments that Personalize Learning

Edsurge

There are organizations that support different kinds of transformation in schools and after researching and interviewing some of these organizations, we've learned a great deal about what these changes can look like, how schools go about redesigning aspects of their model, and what types of support they need along the way. In October, we will share a guide highlighting the trends, insights and challenges we've learned about while profiling five key players in the world of school redesign.

Measuring Impact with the Digital Practice Assessment (DPA)

A Principal's Reflections

Practices such as BYOD, 1:1, blended learning, personalized learning, classroom and school redesign, branding, makerspaces, professional learning, etc. One of these tools is the Digital Practice Assessment (DPA).

6 Things Policy Makers Should Do to Protect Student Data in the Era of Personalized Learning

Edsurge

Is the rush to bring personalized software into schools putting student data at risk? The document points out that the heavy emphasis on technology in the classroom not only makes students susceptible to brand marketing from technology companies, but it also socializes students to accept online surveillance as a normality. Researchers from the National the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) say, yes.

The Assessment Range: Using Data To Meaningfully Affect Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

The Assessment Range: Using Data In The Classroom To Meaningfully Affect Learning. If you don’t already have a plan for the data before giving the assessment, you’re already behind. These are industrial documents. What Should Assessments “Do”?

Unlikely bedfellows converge, create inspired vision for future of education

The Christensen Institute

It’s a stunning effort and document that Convergence , a non-profit, non-partisan center for policy resolution, helped broker. Not only are we tired of the same recurring debates about what is wrong with today’s education system and who is to blame for its inadequacies, but we also realize that no amount of tweaking or modifying the current, industrial-era system will fulfill our vision of all children learning and thriving to their full potential.”.

Success at Innovative Schools Hinges on Helping Students Transition

The Christensen Institute

Malaina is a current high school student who decided to homeschool in order to expand her learning by blending interdisciplinary, real world, and academic-focused learning. They are not tied to a standardized curriculum, traditional methods of assessment, or even a single location. Increasingly, students at these schools also have opportunities to engage in individualized learning through tech-driven curriculum.

Reading Fluency with Explain Everything

iTeach with iPads

Our iPads have certainly facilitated my ability to deliver personalized literacy instruction through the “ Just Right Books ” I create for my students as well as various apps that we use that adapt to students’ responses.

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Personalizing Path & Pace Through Mastery Learning

EdTechTeacher

A core element of personalized learning involves tailoring students’ path and pace to their specific needs and interests. This practice is often coupled with the overarching philosophy of mastery learning, sometimes referred to as competency-based education. by Tom Driscoll.

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

EdTechTeacher

While next-generation assessments and instructional data can help educators gain a deeper understanding of students, the sheer amount of information available can prove challenging. ” Getting to Know You: Learner Profiles for Personalization (EdWeek). CMS Learns (Visual).

Designing for Deeper Learning: A Conversation with Author Julie Graber

EdTechTeacher

One such end result is the concept of “deeper learning.” Essential skills and competencies considered part of “deeper learning” include critical thinking, creativity, communication, problem solving, and metacognition. Authentic Assessment. Student Agency and Personalization.

Khan Academy plunged into classrooms, then classrooms went online

The Hechinger Report

Although Khan Academy was one of the first online learning organizations to promote the idea that kids could learn at home at their own pace, Khan denied the suggestion that working with traditional schools was a significant change in direction, instead calling it “a natural evolution of our work.”.

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

The Hechinger Report

Related: Documenting Maine’s failure to implement proficiency-based education. 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. I feel like they learn more,” she said.

Present Slides with Captions for Screen Readers with Google Docs

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

The Captions feature is powered by machine learning and it is quite accurate. The accessibility features available in Google Docs provide ALL students with access to a common learning tool that is widely available and FREE for education. Learn more about SK12.

Personalizing the Journey for Our Students

The Principal of Change

history class, students are given a document-based question on John Locke’s Two Treatises of Civil Government (1690). The learning experience is not personalized and thus will not meet the needs of all students.

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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.

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 to Support Teacher Innovation Within a Strict State Accountability System

Edsurge

In spite of these and other shameful realities, the demand of state assessments continue to rule the day, foregoing the warning from business and leadership author Steve Denning in his Forbes column back in 2011: “The current focus on testing has tended to make test results the goal of the system, rather than a measure.Using tests as the goal infringes Goodhart’s law : when measure becomes the goal, it ceases to be an effective measure.”

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Join Our Wednesday Webinars in October

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Each session will take a look at ways to use the design features available in this fee and accessible mainstream suite of tools to support the principles of Universal Design for Learning, UDL. Join me and MyInfinitec.org to explore ways to put UDL to practice in a Google-powered learning environment. In this webinar you will learn how to utilize the many features available in Google Docs to facilitate a digital writing workshop and maximize writing instruction in the 24/7 classroom.

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“Just Right” Content for Digital Learning

BYOT Network

Likewise, as teachers design digital learning experiences based on their students’ personal strengths and interests, they need to search for the “just right” instructional resources to meet their students’ varied needs.

Merit Prep Sets Student Goals One Playlist at a Time

Edsurge

A freshman at Merit Preparatory Charter School in Newark, New Jersey, Onyemaobi has access to Spark , Matchbook Learning’s online information platform that uses data to help students and teachers track exactly what skills they need to master—and to set goals and find resources to help them get there. "It’s Despite their use of technology and personalized playlists, Merit Prep and Matchbook both emphasize blended learning environments in which teachers play the key role.