Defining personalized learning and blended learning: Is there a difference?

The Christensen Institute

Recently, more than a few education headlines have focused on the concerns surrounding the shaky meaning of personalized learning, oftentimes highlighting the anxieties posed by critics that personalized means the use of technology at the expense of student’s social-emotional development or that personalization is the agenda of Silicon Valley titans. Larry Cuban’s look at an array of personalized approaches demonstrates this tendency.

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.

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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).

1-to-1, Blended Learning Enables Personalized Learning: Walk Through an Example Lesson

The Journal

"1-to-1, blended learning is the future of educational technology." 1-to-1, blended learning enables student inquiry, which is at the core of personalized learning. And personalized learning is the hottest item in K-12 today. Walk with us through a blended learning lesson in this week’s blog post Never hath a truer statement been spoken!

Using Hybrid and Blended Learning to Promote Student-Centered Classrooms

Waterford

Now is a particularly helpful time to consider implementing blended or hybrid learning, two strategies that allow for independent or remote learning. Then, discover five ways to boost student-centered learning through blended or hybrid learning.

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

Join Me in the Personalized Learning EdWeek Summit with Texthelp

The CoolCatTeacher

We'll be in Room 8: Texthelp: Enabling Students to Personalize Their Own Learning From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We can enable students to personalize their own learning. With apps, tools, and knowledge about how they learn, students who have learning differences can empower themselves to learn better and faster. Because they learn differently, they need different tools.

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).

4 tips for developing effective professional development for blended learning

The Christensen Institute

With the growing prevalence of blended learning in classrooms across the country, the need for teacher training for effective implementation is more critical than ever. In order to better understand the skills and training required to implement blended learning effectively, I conducted a three-year doctoral research study at three public school sites in Los Angeles. Allow teachers to experience blended learning as a learner.

Rhode Island Approves IXL for K-12 Blended Learning and Assessment

eSchool News

IXL Learning , the K-12 personalized learning platform used by 11 million students, has been approved by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) for use under two statewide initiatives. Individualizing learning for every student. About IXL Learning .

Blended Learning: A Bridge to Personalization

Catlin Tucker

Blended learning is the combination of active engaged learning online and active engaged learning offline with the goal of giving students more control over the time, place, pace, and path of their learning. Blended learning can take many different forms and the various models give students different degrees of control over their learning. Some educators use blended learning and personalized learning synonymously.

Reflections on our Epic Personalized Learning Summit

Education Elements

on Thursday night of Education Elements' 3rd Annual Personalized Learning Summit. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communicationsEpic Lip Sync Battle. I almost feel like I could both start and end this post with just those 4 words and a short description of what it was like to be in a room full of educators singing and dancing their hearts out (some in costume!)

Unpacking whether blended learning works

The Christensen Institute

As practitioners and policymakers talk more and more about personalizing learning, traditional approaches to instruction—which tend to optimize for increasing average student outcomes—must significantly shift. Instead, personalized learning echoes calls for models that serve every student at all levels in each classroom. Blended learning presents one powerful new delivery model to help educators reach this goal.

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. Learning assessment balance blendedlearning feedback metacognition

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.

[GUEST POST] WHY PERSONALIZED LEARNING IS IMPERATIVE

Education Elements

When I started writing Disrupting Class in 2006, I was stunned to learn that our school systems—not just in the United States, but throughout most of the world—were not built to optimize learning. Personalized Learning Blended LearningThey were built to standardize the way we teach and test and for sorting.

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.

The Technology Trap: Can You Personalize Learning Without Devices?

Education Elements

I hear educators across the country telling themselves the same lie: “I would love to personalize learning for students, but I can’t because I don’t have the technology.” Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education School Districts EdTech communicationsI was lying to myself and didn’t even realize it. After completing numerous 5K and 10K runs, I was considering taking my running to the next level by training for my first half marathon.

Are you really personalizing learning?

The Christensen Institute

In a recent post , we shed light on the difference between blended learning—an instructional modality that describes integrating technology to deliver some content—and personalized learning—a philosophy that believes in a combination of modalities and goals for better and (and in some cases, new) outcomes for students. Across the K–12 education landscape, teachers have by far the biggest impact on student learning and student experiences.

10 blended learning resources for schools

eSchool News

With many schools now practicing blended learning, it can be helpful for educators interested in blended-learning programs to know which edtech tools are being used. Related content: Why my school switched from virtual to blended learning.

One major barrier to high-quality blended learning

The Christensen Institute

Today in 2019, blended learning isn’t a new phenomenon. First, the good news: During the nine years since the Institute’s first blended learning report , we’ve seen an increasing number of schools adopt blended learning, iterate on their practices, codify what works, and share their strategies. During that same time, we’ve also seen gradual improvements in the devices, software, and online learning resources that educators use to support blended learning.

An Introduction to Blended Learning Instruction

Ask a Tech Teacher

Kiddom , a transformative approach to teaching and personalized learning, has a new guide available for teachers–and it’s free: Blended Learning 101: An Introduction to Blended Learning Instruction. Learn how to start a blended learning program in your classroom or at your school. You can find her resources at Structured Learning. News Blended learning

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.

Taking personalized learning to scale

The Christensen Institute

As the call for personalized learning gains steam, we’re hearing more about how best to invest in systems that support schools that break the traditional mold. For an ecosystem to nurture “next-gen” or personalized learning models, we need a value network that is organized around accountability to individual student outcomes and growth.

College Credit Classes in Remote Teaching/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.

Why Schools Shouldn't Go It Alone on Personalized Learning

Education Elements

Principals and teachers trying to personalize their students’ learning are charged with radically reimagining the classroom. Personalized Learning Blended LearningIt’s a tall order that requires educators to take risks, move outside their comfort zones and essentially overhaul much of their jobs. What we’re seeing in the schools we’ve visited for this project makes it clear that this work shouldn’t—and often can’t—be done alone.

Will blended learning fulfill its disruptive potential?

The Christensen Institute

Given this history, could blended learning be just the latest educational fad to follow this same pattern? During the last decade, we’ve documented how online learning—often in the form of blended learning —is an innovation with disruptive potential to transform our antiquated, seat-time-based education system. Thus mainstream adoption of blended learning will come not from policy reform, but from persuading the people who work at the ground level in education.

What lessons does special education hold for personalized learning?

The Hechinger Report

On a shelf in her Chicago classroom, third grader Arianna has a thick binder that details her achievements, strengths and goals as a student, along with some revealing information about her personality. Chicago has embraced personalized learning in a big way.

Blended learning up close—really close

The Christensen Institute

Next-gen learning has fallen into this trap. But to date, there is little data that captures the intricate, hidden details like the photograph above—data on the actual day-to-day tactics unfolding in blended-learning schools across the country. As a result, what’s working—at the tactical level—inside of blended models tends to remain locked inside of those models and only on occasion communicated by word of mouth among networks of implementers.

The Core 4 of Personalized Learning

Education Elements

In some ways, creating a successful personalized learning classroom is similar to winning a basketball game. To give us direction, my high school basketball coach consistently focused on three key areas, which he called the Big Three: Personalized Learning Teachers Blended Learning EdTech

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.

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

Personalized Learning and CBE: A Partnership and a Toolkit

Education Elements

When I’m on the road working with school districts across the country on everything from personalized learning to competency-based education (CBE), I often hear the same question: “Well how do other districts approach these issues?”. Thankfully, this year Education Elements partnered with Digital Promise , a national non-profit authorized by Congress, to document and share lessons learned on CBE from school districts across the country.

Keeping Personalized Learning (the Main Thing) the Main Thing

Education Elements

When I reflect on how far we have come since last summer I am impressed by how much hard work everyone has done to begin to make personalized learning a reality. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communicationsOur district PL council engaged in serious debate over our vision of PL, our roll out plan (cohort vs. all-in), and our areas of priority and focus.

Using Data to Support Personalized Learning Pathways

edWeb.net

During an edLeader Panel , sponsored by CatchOn, An ENA Affiliate , Eric Butash, Director of Education Technology and Data Integration for the district, discussed how they used data analytics to build their personalized student learning pathways. By Stacey Pusey.