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The messy reality of personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

In one class, Danusis introduces me to a lanky child in rain boots, who clicks through an online math program while chatting about a baby goat that’s being weaned in her backyard. In another room, children rotate through learning stations, sometimes at screens, sometimes putting pencils to paper. Danusis and her teaching staff practice personalized learning, an individual-comes-first approach, usually aided by laptops, that has become a reformist calling card in education.

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. Some passionately believe that it can and must, while skeptics fear that personalized-learning hype has outpaced research into if and, importantly, how it helps students.

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'Lost in the Cracks' Alabama District Brings Personalized Learning to Incarcerated Youth

Edsurge

However, one school district hopes a personalized virtual school program will offer incarcerated learners a second chance. The K-12 school is a part-virtual and part-blended learning space—meaning students from all over the state can attend the virtual school (which serves over 1000 students, according to the principal Nelson Brown) and students within a 70 mile radius can participate in the blended version of the school (which has approximately 300 to 400 students depending on the year).

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

The Hechinger Report

Their changed view — and that of others who shunned Rogers and now want in — is driven by what seems to be a magic educational elixir: personalized learning. Philanthropists, state education officials, reform advocates — even charter school leaders — are examining personalized learning. But personalized learning raises big questions about educational equity. Could personalized learning spur an even more splintered society? Dan D.

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.

Why educators are moving away from the Station Rotation model

The Christensen Institute

The Station Rotation has consistently reigned as the most popular blended-learning model implemented by elementary schools. Although still early, this data provides a trend line worth following as blended and personalized learning continue to evolve. As a result, replacing one of those stations with online learning is a low conceptual hurdle for teachers to overcome. For more, see: With blended learning, plan on change.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

Hundley describes him as a positive person, obsessed with food and something of a jokester, though more reserved around people he doesn’t know well. Using what it learned from the strings program, the district decided to offer courses for free — with the help of its Race to the Top grant. Instead, teachers, aided by learning software, determine students’ strengths and weaknesses and tailor activities toward them.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

Hundley describes him as a positive person, obsessed with food and something of a jokester, though more reserved around people he doesn’t know well. Using what it learned from the strings program, the district decided to offer courses for free — with the help of its Race to the Top grant. Instead, teachers, aided by learning software, determine students’ strengths and weaknesses and tailor activities toward them. You take a personal interest,” says Keith. “It

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The Learning Revolution Weekly Update April 15th The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man. Eliot The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn--and even how we think about learning. The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own virtual and physical events and those of our more than 200 partners. The Learning Revolution Conference schedule is now up!

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Education's Online Futures

Hack Education

This is part six of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” Some of the most oft-told tales in education in recent years have the following plot: the students all move from “brick-and-mortar” to “online.” There was all that ink spilled circa 2010 that Khan Academy and “ flipped learning ” were going to “ change the rules of education ,” replacing in-class instruction with online videos watched as homework.

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