Education Galaxy–Personalized Learning That’s Fun

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As most of us know, when students are engaged, their capacity for learning is greatly increased. This bilingual (English and Spanish) program motivates and rewards students to achieve full standards mastery and prepare for their state tests without distracting from the learning process.

SETDA publishes OER case studies from 3 states

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Online case studies highlight OER implementation in schools. SETDA has published a series of case studies focused on the implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER) at the school level. Digital Learning and Tools News Top News

Personalized learning can be a tool for equity or a barrier to it

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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. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning.

Can federal grants drive personalized learning?

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Although federal innovation grants are not new to the education field, they could be a potent driver of moving personalized learning forward. Here are three areas to consider: First, subsidizing switching costs to move toward blended learning—and studying those costs and benefits. We are frequently asked, “How much does it cost to implement blended learning?” The federal government can start to fill this gap by creating programs that support blended learning.

What life before edtech can teach us about personalized learning

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In many circles, edtech and the future of learning have become synonymous. Before building, trying, or buying new technology tools, we should start by asking, “In an analog world, how would we personalize learning to drive student outcomes?”.

Four innovative staffing takeaways from personalized learning schools

The Christensen Institute

Through our research over the past few years, we’ve seen schools around the world adopt technology to amplify the impact of teachers and make learning more student-centered. And, while technology is a powerful learning resource, it’s not the only lever for helping students succeed. Increasingly, we also see schools experimenting with staffing arrangements—essentially, how adults are being utilized in the classroom—in an effort to further magnify personalized learning.

Taking stock of 2017: What we learned about personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

One of the areas that has received the most attention in K-12 education, dominating headlines, conversations, and research, was personalized learning. Personalized learning remains a broad topic. But it often refers to innovative approaches to tailoring instruction to fit students’ individual needs and increase their autonomy over how, when, where, or what they learn. Online and blended learning. Michigan’s K-12 Virtual Learning Effectiveness Report ”.

The path to personalized learning is not straight

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Three different paths to the same general goal — personalized learning. Personalized learning” is defined differently by many of the schools and districts that employ the model, but in general, it refers to a style of teaching and learning that prioritizes student wants and needs.

Framing the Personalized Learning Discussion from Tom Driscoll

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Learn more about what Tom is doing with teachers by following him on Twitter: @Mr_Driscoll. As Larry Cuban referenced in a recent post , the core idea of personalized learning is far from new. Learning is social. Blog Featured Personalized Learning Tom Driscoll

After Early Results, Personalized Learning Is 'Quickly Becoming District-Wide' in Dallas

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Personalized learning is core to the model at Rogers Elementary, and Kristen Watkins, director of the personalized learning program at Dallas Independent School District, says that exposing students to multiple devices is an intentional part of the school’s approach. The school also incorporates projects, flexible environments and student-led learning into its model. But “personalized learning is something you could do with no devices.”

Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

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In the edWebinar “ Students Leverage Technology Tools and Makerspaces to Personalize Learning,” Grace Borst, Innovation Specialist at St. Students use this time for school and personal projects where tech might not be required but could add value.

A new approach to personalized learning reveals 3 valuable teaching insights

The Christensen Institute

Personalized learning’s rationale has strong intuitive appeal: We can all remember feeling bored, confused, frustrated, or lost in school when our classes didn’t spark our interests or address our learning needs. For personalized learning to actually move the needle on improving student experiences and elevating student outcomes, the question of how schools and teachers personalize is just as important as why. Is it through online learning?

What K-12 School Leaders Look for in Ed-Tech Product Research

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An award-winning district leader focuses on products that help with personalization, and says companies can start the conversation with case studies.

How Baltimore CPS Used Communications Strategies to Create Personalized Learning Buy-In

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In the case of Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) , when the district began a huge leap to personalized learning, its leaders consciously began designing a communications strategy to bring together students, teachers and families. And what BCPS itself learned along the way was that to be truly helpful to other educators, sharing out that both the triumphs and the failures must be continual, authentic and transparent. This isn’t your alma mater’s old note home.

New Digital Course Empowers Schools with Foundational Strategies to Put Personalized Learning into Action

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24 on , ISTE’s new online professional learning hub that sources best-in-class content for educators. The course is anchored in the LEAP Learning Framework, a research-based framework that establishes the four core components of a personalized learning experience.

Report outlines how to shift to tech-enabled personalized learning

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New report examines how this type of learning is poised to benefit all students. Digital Learning and Tools News Research Top News

Here’s what you missed at BPLC18, the Blended & Personalized Learning Conference

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Earlier this month, the Highlander Institute, the Christensen Institute, and the Learning Accelerator held a three-day event called the 2018 Blended & Personalized Learning Conference. Defining blended and personalized learning. Learning games.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Highlight Key Elements for Success in Personalized Learning

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Charlotte, NC – Today The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University’s College of Education and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) released an in-depth case study on CMS’ Personalized Learning (PL) efforts. Personalizing the Paths to Personalized Learning: Meeting Students and Teachers Where They Are focuses on three schools with diverse backgrounds and journeys. Whole child and social and emotional learning (SEL).

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Personalizing Path & Pace Through Mastery Learning

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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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What Does ‘Personalized Learning’ Look Like? Video Series Aims to Go Beyond Hype

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An education blog whose authors believe there’s too much hype around “personalized learning” technology has posted a series of video case studies about the trend, hoping to help get beyond overheated rhetoric.

How to Make District-Wide Innovation Personal—and Collaborative

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In some corners of education, personalization is no longer just a buzzword. Another reason for the concern is that as educators increasingly use digital tools to personalize learning for students, some have struggled to ensure that the environments they create are not isolating. The real magic of blended learning occurs when teachers use technology to boost human interaction, in both frequency and impact. Learning models eat education software for breakfast.

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

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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.

How two CEOs created a shared language for innovation

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But one of Waters’ key breakthroughs has been learning how to not go it alone—a collaboration lesson for leaders across all industries to innovate successfully. Embrace what you don’t know and be open to learning from those outside of your traditional teams.

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.

When innovating, having the right team matters

The Christensen Institute

This week, the Clayton Christensen Institute released a case study that details the efforts of Leadership Public Schools (LPS), a charter school management organization that operates high schools in California’s Bay Area, and Gooru , a nonprofit edtech company, to co-develop a technology to support LPS’s personalized learning model and improve student outcomes. Is what Gooru built so specific to the LPS use case such that it won’t scale naturally?

Leveling Up Language Learners’ 21st-Century Skills with Minecraft

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How could a game featuring so little language drive this much language learning? In my experience creating projects in Minecraft and running after-school clubs, expert players are always keen to help their novice peers learn the essential skills. We then paired up, and the newbies learned gameplay tips and tricks, most of which was conducted in English. Playing in survival mode, a new player is quickly required to learn the basics. Language Learning and Minecraft.

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Text Choice Helped Boost This District’s Literacy Success—and Empower Students

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That year, after decades as one of the most underperforming districts in the Valley, the Lindsay School District was embarking on a bold and pioneering project to switch from a traditional education system to its own community-sourced, performance-based learning system. In came competency-based structures, student empowerment, and terms like “learner” and “learning facilitator.” We’ve tried to teach kids to be advocates for their own learning.

Leading Change? Start by Talking About What You Value

Education Elements

At The Learning Accelerator (TLA), a national nonprofit that learns alongside educators and system leaders at the forefront of blended and personalized learning, we’re often asked about common change management pathways and learnings about how to do it well.

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

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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.

Is strength-based learning a “magic bullet?”

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They’re among the 10 “talent themes,” or strengths, used to underpin learning in the school district here. Starting in preschool, teachers try to spot students’ natural talents; by kindergarten, each child’s top strengths appear on a “personalized learning plan,” a new type of report card.

Could Giving Parents Homework Help Students? Schools Try ‘Family Playlists’

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But it also represents an achingly missed opportunity—a chance to involve parents in what their children are learning. For the past 18 months, a pilot program in a South Bronx public school, called “Family Playlists,” developed by the New York-based nonprofit, PowerMyLearning , has used technology to increase families’ involvement in their students’ learning. She means inviting students to teach their families what they’re learning in school.

?Resource: Project Unicorn Interoperability

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It strives to make the broader case for secure interoperability for students and school system. It also offers a selection of case studies that look at real applications of interoperability. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning StrategiesProject Unicorn is an advocacy initiative focused on improving data interoperability within K-12 education.

?Resources: Jefferson Education Accelerator, Mathematica, OET, RAND, WestEd

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Mathematica Policy Research , a nonpartisan research organization that is nearly 50 years old, designs and executes studies on social policy for many government agencies, including the U.S. It conducts large- and small-scale studies of program implementation and effectiveness. case study or by individual projects. Department of Education, created a blog series sharing insights from schools with a particular focus on: Defining personalized learning.

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How team teaching (and other innovations) can impact blended learning

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Personalized learning’s rationale has strong intuitive appeal: We can all remember feeling bored, confused, frustrated, or lost in school when our classes didn’t spark our interests or address our learning needs. So how do schools effectively personalize learning?

From Personalized Math to Micro-Schools, This NewSchools Cohort Is Reimagining Learning

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Today, NewSchools and Transcend released a case study that looks at the first Collaborative. EdSurge talked to Benson about some of the findings in that study. They had already begun a process of designing a new middle school, called Nexus Middle School, to be a STEM-based school that incorporated personalized learning. These include self-directed learning time, expeditions and executive coaches.