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. Learning has fundamentally changed with the evolution of the Internet and other technologies that allow for ubiquitous access to information and knowledge. Image credit: [link] Infusing online learning opportunities should be a given in a digital world. This is taken into account when they are assessed for their work.

In Utah, personalizing learning by focusing on relationships

The Hechinger Report

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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Inquiry Hub Secondary School – Confluence and Influence

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Confluence and Influence – Inquiry Hub Secondary School. Background: The 2018-2019 school year is Inquiry Hub Secondary’s 7th year since it was founded. As a team we started a learning journey that continues today. Before we even got started, a team of us designed two Board Authority Authorized (BAA) courses for the school: Foundations of Inquiry and Digital Learning (digital literacy). Applications of Digital Learning 10 – BAA Course (2012).

Innovative Ed-Tech Tools Should Bring Real Personalized Learning to Students

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Instead, creating effective personalized learning solutions is just the first step. And that means navigating the debate between segmentation and collaboration that dominates secondary education today. That’s what we’re working on with SmartyReader , and we’re interested in how other ed-tech companies are making scalable solutions whose personalization is as much about teachers as it is about students. Going Back to School to Learn About Blended Learning.

Personalized learning: How kids are getting into college by mastering their skills

The Hechinger Report

Students work on individual projects in the blended-learning classroom of Jessica Anderson, in Deer Lodge, Montana. A student-centered personalized-learning model known as competency education has gained traction over the past five years as states have developed policies to promote its adoption in both elementary and secondary schools. Students refine these skills based on goal-setting, ungraded feedback known as the formative assessment.

Colorado hybrid school taps into personalized learning

eSchool News

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

Different Definitions of Personalized Learning Conflict, Cause Confusion

MindShift

It’s called personalized learning: What if each student had something like a private tutor, and more power over what and how they learned? It found that schools using some form of personalized learning were, on average, performing better ( there were some wrinkles we’ll talk about later on). “In a personalized system,” he says, “students are receiving instruction exactly at the point where they need it.”

Rethinking education and assessment for truly personalized learning – Brian Aspinall, Canada

Daily Edventures

I’m really focused on providing a personalized learning environment for every student in my classroom,” says Aspinall. “So So I question how and why we currently assess and evaluate them on a common grade standard. If we are truly personalizing learning for all of our students, is it fair to compare them to the other 20 or so students in the classroom?”. Aspinall’s latest project, Edmettle , takes personalized learning a step further – into assessment.

Authentic Assessments to Support Teaching and Learning

edWeb.net

We, as edtech leaders and classroom teachers, must explore pathways where assessments support teaching and learning in the 21st century. According to Matt Renwick, Author and Principal of Mineral Point Unified School District, WI, in a recent edWebinar , complex authentic student learning experiences require complex assignments that not only demonstrate content knowledge but should also gauge enthusiasm, communication skills and habits of mind.

Rethinking Summative Assessment: Giving Students Voice and Choice

EdTechTeam

Think back to an assessment you took in your elementary years. The assessments you took were not that memorable; you probably didn’t have a lasting connection and there was absolutely no impact on you as a learner whatsoever. Will the learning objective change?

Debate on new education law overlooks future of testing

The Christensen Institute

As the House of Representatives prepares to vote tomorrow on reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—also known since 2001 as No Child Left Behind (NCLB)—a fierce fight has continued over the proper role of testing. Seeing the rapid growth of testing in recent decades, many educators and parents are tired of tests taking time away from learning and want the federal government to push back on its prominence in schools.

How Should Learning Be Assessed?

MindShift

This is the second of a two-part conversation with Yong Zhao about standards, testing and other core elements of the modern system of education, and the assumptions that may be standing in the way of meeting the real learning needs of all children. Tests are just one form of assessment, he points out, and limited in what they can accurately measure. And no test can measure whether children are receiving “a quality learning experience that meets the needs of individual students.”.

This Toolkit Helps Take the Stress Out of State Testing

Edsurge

Assessment For Learning. We walk you through the process of distinguishing between various assessment types, building goals, identifying best practices around your assessments and analyzing your data to make lasting instructional decisions throughout the year. Read our blog to learn about our research, as well as approaches that help students get the most out of their online practice. Student Performance Improves on State Assessments.

Does proposed federal policy leave room for disruptive innovation?

The Christensen Institute

For years there’s been consensus that we need to hit refresh on the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Encouragingly, the current ESSA draft mentions blended learning as one such innovation, if schools manage to effectively integrate technology into their instructional core. In many ways, disruption is already underway in the K–12 education system, relative to how we deliver content and structure assessment.

Wednesday Inspiration

iLearn Technology

Angela is the perfect person to kick off a weekend of inspiration, learning, iterating, collaborating, and launching. You’ll get a first hand look at what re-imagined learning looks like. On Sunday, we have adult learning excursions that will give you a glimpse of what student field-trips and staff professional development look like at Anastasis. If you have never had the privilege of hearing Angela Maiers speak, you are missing out!

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. On the other side of this tension are secondary teachers with 150+ students.

Five Ways to Make Peer Feedback Effective In Your Classroom

Edsurge

There is no way to give personalized feedback when I have 600 pages to grade each week. There is no way to give personalized feedback when I have 600 pages to grade each week. Instead, I decided to enhance my approach to problem solving by incorporating peer review—letting students participate in the feedback and assessment process. And at the secondary school level, peer review is still a new concept for many teachers and students.

Teaching to the student, not the test

The Hechinger Report

Barile’s class is a prime example of how Revere High School uses “student-centered learning” to reach a highly diverse student body. Students learn at different paces and via different teaching styles, the thinking goes. Give them more control over the manner in which they’re taught and how their work is assessed and you’ll produce more involved, successful students. Revere High’s move to student-centered learning started when Lourenco Garcia became its principal in 2010.

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

The Hechinger Report

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. In practice, though, it can take many different forms, including independent study, learning communities and online programs. Maine’s march toward a proficiency-law began in 1997, with the adoption of the Maine Learning Results, which set statewide standards in eight content areas.

Fighting Teacher Stress

The Hechinger Report

A growing recognition of high teacher-stress levels and the toll they can take on learning has made trainings like this one increasingly sought after nationwide. A few years ago, Amy Lopes, a veteran fifth-grade teacher in Providence, Rhode Island, learned that teachers at her school could try a mindfulness and yoga training along with their students. Teacher stress is growing, experts say, pushing educators out of classrooms and hurting learning.

7 Ways Data-Fueled PLCs Are Transforming Education

Edsurge

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) have long supported teachers in their career development, but with the help of technology, they’re now transforming education itself. We spoke with educators around the country and discovered seven ways that PLCs are transforming teaching and learning in schools. Common learning goals and objectives A set of common goals, along with a designated meeting time for focused effort, helps each participant get the most out of a PLC.

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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. 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.

Vermont’s ‘all over the map’ effort to switch schools to proficiency-based learning

The Hechinger Report

Now, Savard says, learning targets are clearer, and there’s more opportunity to truly understand the material. “It’s Statewide standards set expectations for subject areas students are supposed to learn, but graduation requirements are set locally in Vermont. It’s not just a tweak in the traditional educational system,” said Pat Fitzsimmons, the Vermont Agency of Education’s proficiency-based learning team leader. Coen likes the new flexibility around assessment retakes.

New, MIT-based program proposes transforming physicists, engineers into teachers

The Hechinger Report

The “Great Dome” on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which is hosting an experimental program to recruit physicists, engineers, chemists, linguists, biologists, neuroscientists and other experts and train them to be primary and secondary school teachers. The idea upends the disparaging assessment, attributed to George Bernard Shaw, that teachers are people who have no other useful skills. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter.

BombBomb is hands down the best way to upgrade your email game

iLearn Technology

Each day we were in remote learning, I sent a daily email with a video message for the community, links to all of our teacher’s daily plans, links to tech-support, and a daily check-in survey so parents could share how remote learning was going in their house.

Framework: Ed Elements Provides Model, Plan, Hand-holding

Edsurge

Separate from its Playbook that helps define a vision, Education Elements , a consulting firm, helps schools and districts design next-generation teaching and learning models. Download and examine Ed Elements’ three models for elementary schools and its three models for secondary schools. They have a Personalized Learning Implementation Framework that guides users through 25 key areas of personalized learning.

Can online learning level the AP playing field for rural kids?

The Hechinger Report

When the lecture ended, they had yet another to chance to learn: A physics video chat with their tutor, a sophomore physics major at Yale. The unconventional flurry of both in-person and virtual academics in a school that had never before offered AP physics is part of a broader experiment that experts say could herald the future of education, especially for rural schools. Related: Should we hit the pause button for online and blended learning ?

Teaching isn’t Rocket Science – It’s Way More Complex

The CoolCatTeacher

For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. And even though teachers have tried to differentiate to more personalized instruction, the federal mandated testing has forced teachers to prepare every kid in their cohort for the same tests every year. If every student learned as fast as they possibly could, they’d all move at different paces, and accomplish things as quickly as they can.

The upside, and the downside, of working ‘as fast as you want and as slow as you need’

The Hechinger Report

Summative assessments evaluate competencies in each course through the year, instead of the quarters to reach a “3” in each competency to achieve course credit. Many courses are integrated to scaffold learning, but also to make content relevant. Related: Personalized learning and Common Core: Mortal enemies? K-12 Opinion Personalized LearningAn automotive tech student at Manchester School of Technology Photo: Manchester School of Technology.

“What if we started a school?” – Come see us in action!

iLearn Technology

What if we redesigned assessment and ditched tests? What if we took kids on learning excursions every week? Our goal isn’t to show you all of the latest and greatest apps that you can use in your classroom (although you’ll likely learn about some new ones while your here). Brass tacks: I like minimalism, I dig gadgets and tools that I can keep on my person, and I love going mobile. PBL and Tech: Tools to Support Inquiry Based Learning .

K-12 Dealmaking: Barnes & Noble Ed. Acquires LoudCloud; Volley Labs Raises $2.3 Million

Marketplace K-12

In addition, investment company Weld North Holdings acquired Performance Matters , a student assessment and data-analytics company that it will merge with K-12 ed-tech business Truenorthlogic, which provides data on teachers’ performance and tracks their professional development. Dallas-based LoudCloud’s platforms include a competency-based courseware platform, a learning-analytics platform and services, an eReading product, and a learning management system.

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IXL Learning Names Richard Carranza as Chief of Strategy and Global Development

eSchool News

IXL Learning , developer of personalized learning products used by more than 12 million students, has hired Richard Carranza as its Chief of Strategy and Global Development. IXL’s personalized learning platform. About IXL Learning.

OPINION: Despite opposition, homeschooling is thriving

The Hechinger Report

In Massachu­setts, for example, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education lists and links to all private and parochial schools in the commonwealth. Education officials must also recognize that standardized assessments do not translate to homeschooled children. In public schools, all students are learning the same things at the same grade level. The concept of “one size fits all” does not work on a curricular level or on assessments.

6 Ways in which edtech shapes teacher training programs

Neo LMS

If future teachers are taught in the same way as the older generation, they’ll miss the opportunity to learn about edtech early on. Universities or school districts will have to adapt in order to accommodate quality flexible learning.

TEL Education Makes Learning Visible with Student Learning Dashboard

eSchool News

Students often struggle to make connections between what they learn in their college courses and the skills they need to be successful after graduation. The purposes and processes of learning, the “why” and “what for,” are largely invisible and inaccessible to students.”.