The messy reality of personalized learning

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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. 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.

In Utah, personalizing learning by focusing on relationships

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Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. For the last three years in a row, it has been 97 percent, and the superintendent attributes the whole of that increase to the district’s efforts to personalize learning. The bell schedule and academic calendar were seen as nonnegotiable; student learning is what varied.

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Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

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(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.

Colorado hybrid school taps into personalized learning

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students attend blended classes on campus and take online courses from home, and district educators say a personalized learning solution has had a positive impact in a number of academic areas. Scores for grades 2-8 in math and reading on year-to-year Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments show 140 to 240 percent growth, with the highest scores in grades 6-8—when students typically see a slight decline. Curriculum Digital Learning and Tools News Top News

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

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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?

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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.

Five Things You Don’t Know About Cloud Computing and Education

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The cloud can serve as a force multiplier in achieving this goal, putting additional tools to enhance student learning directly into the hands of educators. They are developing a recommendation engine to leverage dropout rate data to predict and design interventions for at-risk students. The engine will also assess the outcomes of such interventions—information that will help tailor and improve recommendations over time.

In rural Maine, a university eliminates most Fs in an effort to increase graduation rates

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Is anyone interested in taking an assessment today?” Related: Tipping point: Can summit put personalized learning over the top? But the University of Maine at Presque Isle (or UMPI) is one of the first public universities in the nation to use proficiency-based learning. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. Related: Massachusetts districts now trade notes on best paths to personalized learning.

Reimagining failure: ‘Last-chance’ schools are the future of American high schools

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It is features like these that have helped former high school dropouts like Rocheli Burgos — and other students who have struggled in school — get a second chance at earning a diploma. All students need to be deeply known by the adults that are working with them to support their learning,” she said. Once students have demonstrated competency in a course through a written or project-based assessment, they can move on to the next course in that subject area at their own pace.

Can a school save a neighborhood?

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The housing authority and the district, which manages the school, hired Big Picture Learning, a nationally recognized education nonprofit, to operate it. Vaux’s redesign stresses creating close relationships with parents and community members and ways for student learning to continue beyond the classroom walls. The new school, by contrast, would be a learning institution, where students could aim high.

A vocational school curriculum that includes genocide studies and British literature

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The next school day and a just a few floors below, Miller is in the school’s biotechnology lab where students are learning the skills they would need for a job testing specimens for the presence of amalyse, the protein enzyme that breaks down starch into sugar. Essex Tech’s state-approved admissions policy considers prior academic performance, teacher recommendations and an in-person interview among other factors. HATHORNE, Mass. —

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Blended learning proof points showcase district schools

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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.

States will soon be free to transform standardized testing, but most won’t

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In the early 1990s, Kentucky districts were among those grading student portfolios and assessing performance tasks, instead of standardized tests, and they found themselves on the cutting edge of educational assessment. In states that get accepted into the pilot, a portion of districts will be able to skip these standardized tests and assess their students using methods like performance-based tasks instead. “[No And not all districts want to do performance-based assessments.

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

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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. In a personalized classroom, students are taught how to take control of their own learning, so that they can take different pathways to gain understanding of concepts. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter.

TEACHER VOICE: Raising the bar on high school diplomas slams the doors on the weakest students

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The recent three-part series on proficiency-based learning in Maine by The Hechinger Report’s Lillian Mongeau (which appeared in both The Report and the Portland Press Herald ) is very informative on this topic. However, as every district is creating its own assessments, this alone calls the law’s existence into question. It also seems that it could increase the dropout rate, as students couldn’t see any end to retaking courses. K-12 Opinion Personalized Learning

Districts Pivot Their Strategies to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism During Distance Learning

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Distance learning began March 23. Simon and the rest of the district turned their focus to food security , internet connectivity for families in need and online suicide prevention assessments. In elementary school, frequent absences are linked to a higher likelihood of dropout—even if attendance improves over time. In addition to causing learning gaps, absenteeism also has budget implications. This is a time to stretch and learn new things,” he says.

Why educators are moving away from the Station Rotation model

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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.

Adapting to the New Classroom

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Adaptive learning technology is the new go-to for personalized learning. Diagnostic products and software systems that target specific areas of learning for improvement can help students find success, freeing educators to help every learner reach their personal best within one classroom. These out-of-the-box blended learning solutions can also help nontraditional students find their own paths. Learning Ally ? Imagine Learning ?

When math lessons at a goat farm beat sitting behind a desk

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Wess Wheeler (L), an independent learning opportunity student at Randolph Union High School, and Miles Hooper, manager and co-owner of Ayers Brook Goat Dairy farm, among the goats. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. But making work-based learning work isn’t easy.

Twenty-one and in high school

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While other schools adopt different strategies to keep students in class, Bronx Arena, in the Bronx borough of New York City, is betting on close relationships and a personalized academic program to get the job done. This model demands more resources than those available to a traditional high school, but given that the typical high school dropout costs the state an estimated $300,000 over their lifetime , Cesene argues that the math is elementary.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

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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.

Learning Analytics 2018 – An updated perspective

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Learning analytics has been a hot topic for a while in the education industry. Not by chance, learning analytics and all its related technologies (measuring learning, artificial intelligence, adaptive learning, personalized learning, etc.) Being so hot also means that the industry uses the term “learning analytics” in a variety of ways. Taking action is the ultimate goal of any learning analytics process.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

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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

What Does “College Ready” Really Mean, Anyway?

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” This was an important distinction, as she’s home-schooled (another term I dislike) and learns through a kind of hybrid approach–a self-directed learning framework coupled with inquiry and open-ended learning blends, combined with traditional academic tools like assigned reading, writing, foreign language, philosophy, a lot of literacy work, and so on. And while that’s true for anyone, her learning, on a day-to-day basis, is designed that way.

Former Superintendent of the Year Mark Edwards to Join Discovery Education

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school district since 2007, will be the senior vice president of digital learning for the Silver Spring, Md.-based As superintendent for Mooresville, Edwards oversaw a digital conversion that incorporated an expansive 1-to-1 computing program, the use of ed tech to personalize learning, and collaboration among educators to produce academic results that won him national recognition, most notably from AASA-The School Superintendents Association.

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“Life Is Complicated: Distance Learning Helps,” says The New York Times. How a College Dropout Plans to Replace the SAT and ACT.” ” My most favorite lines simply must be these: “One of the early adopters of Imbellus was McKinsey & Company , the management consulting firm, which uses the scenario assessments to find job candidates. ” Social emotional learning ! IXL Learning has acquired ABCya.

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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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Via Edsurge : “ ​Rhode Island ’s Plans to Become a ‘Lab State’ for Personalized Learning.” Testing, Testing… Via Inside Higher Ed : “Large-Scale Assessment Without Standardized Tests.” Meanwhile on Campus… Via ProPublica : “‘Alternative’ Education: Using Charter Schools to Hide Dropouts and Game the System.” Higher Learning Technologies ( HLT ) has acquired gWhiz. Education Politics.

Education's Online Futures

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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. That Edsurge article suggests that MOOCs have forced schools to rethink the lecture, focusing on short bursts of content delivery and “ active learning ” instead. Meanwhile, the state has cleared the company to become a dropout recovery school.

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