Making Bold Changes Through Personalized Learning

Education Elements

In Harrisburg we have been implementing personalized learning for a little over 5 years. In our 5 years of implementation we have learned a ton and have started to create a solid roll out plan: Personalized Learning Classrooms

Flexible Seating in Personalized Learning

Education Elements

It was about a year ago that I took the plunge and implemented personalized learning in my classroom. Under the guidance of and support from Kelly Freiheit at Education Elements, my traditional third grade classroom has evolved into a personalized learning classroom that has changed the way my students learn. Personalized Learning Classrooms

Personalized Learning Journey Begins with a Vision

Education Elements

Have you ever stopped and looked around your school, your classroom, and asked yourself: “How did this all happen? In year one of being a personalized learning school, I have had many reflective moments like this at Trailside Middle School. I look back on what our classrooms looked like, sounded like, and felt like a few years ago - and the transformation is amazing. Teachers have assumed the role of facilitator and students are owners of their learning.

Five Predictions for Personalized Learning in 2016

Education Elements

It has been demonstrated that any classroom can implement blended learning and, when done well, get superior results. Personalized learning is now part of an increasing number of district and school strategic plans. Personalized Learning Personalized Classroom EdTech

Choosing personalized learning as a strategy for educational equity

The Hechinger Report

Personalized learning” is among the most discussed initiatives in education today. Most schools nationwide say they’ve implemented personalized learning, to some degree. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning.

Superheroes in Personalized Learning!

Education Elements

Merriam-Webster defines a superhero as an exceptionally skillful or successful person and that is exactly what West Fork High School is producing in our Personalized Learning Academy (PLA)! Designing and implementing personalized learning (PL) in my classroom is intense and I would love to increase my superpowers by attending the PL Summit. Personalized Learning Teachers Personalized Classroom

Bringing the Core Four Home: Helping Parents Understand Personalized Learning

Education Elements

You can encourage parents to avoid this by asking questions connected to personalized learning. Remind them that in their child’s classroom, teachers and students are working together to include four elements of personalized learning. Personalized Learning core fourThis scenario is all too familiar. Children spend a day at school and then have nothing to report. How is this possible?

Collaboration for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

It is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. Although it may seem unusual to connect collaboration to the practice of personalized learning, it is important to remember that students don’t learn within a vacuum.

Collaboration for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

It is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. Although it may seem unusual to connect collaboration to the practice of personalized learning, it is important to remember that students don’t learn within a vacuum.

My article for the International Teacher Magazine: How can technology in the classroom make personalized learning easier?

EdTech4Beginners

It covers my experience of personalized learning. At first, I was running around the classroom, trying to support all the children’s individual learning needs. However, as I got to grips with educational technology, personalized learning got a whole lot easier.

Six Examples of What Personalized Learning Looks Like

Education Elements

Each year we receive hundreds of questions along the lines of, “Okay…so what does personalized learning actually look like?”. One is that personalized learning always involves these core four elements - targeted instruction, data-driven decisions, flexible content, and student reflection and ownership. Check out our Core Four white paper for a more detailed description of these elements, as well as classroom examples.

Connection for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

This post is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. By engaging in opportunities to make connections beyond the classroom to real-world learning activities and situations, students are better able to experience personalized learning.

Connection for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

This post is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. By engaging in opportunities to make connections beyond the classroom to real-world learning activities and situations, students are better able to experience personalized learning.

Creativity for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

This post is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. When teachers nurture the building block of Creativity for every student, they provide greater opportunities for personalized learning.

Creativity for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

This post is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. When teachers nurture the building block of Creativity for every student, they provide greater opportunities for personalized learning.

Rethinking grade levels and school design for personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

Kelly Pollack works with a student in CICS West Belden, a Chicago charter school that uses multiage classrooms as part of its personalized learning model. One of the two classroom teachers worked with a small group, going over the biography of Martin Luther King Jr.,

Personalized learning won’t work without personalized supports

The Christensen Institute

The model strikes a chord with a reality that I frequently find personalized learning enthusiasts fail to mention: to yield more equitable outcomes, personalized learning will also require personalized supports and connections. This bucks a seemingly tidy vision of personalized learning as an overhaul of academics alone. Moreover, a vision of personalized learning as merely a diligent reworking of academic models is woefully narrow.

The Histories of Personalized Learning

Hack Education

I recognize that the theme of this conference is “shaping the future of learning” but I want to talk a little bit about the past. They do so in order to make a particular point about their vision for what learning should be like. “The personal computer” and such.

Defining the Purpose of Curriculum in Personalized Learning

Education Elements

As an increasing number of schools and classrooms shift to personalized learning across the country, educators face many questions. Many of these questions focus on the need to define the purpose of curriculum, digital content, and tools in a personalized learning setting. While educators are certainly familiar with the use of curriculum in a traditional classroom, a shift to personalized learning brings up new questions like: Personalized Learning Curriculum

What Should We Be Doing? Using iPads to Personalize Learning

iTeach with iPads

This isn’t learning. It is up to us to teach and model divergent thinking, to allow students to struggle a bit, to learn to persevere when their first attempt isn’t successful and to allow for variations on a theme.

Communication for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

This post is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. However, there is some concern that the connection to technology tools and devices in the classroom will lead to students being disconnected from each other or from the teacher.

Communication for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

This post is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. However, there is some concern that the connection to technology tools and devices in the classroom will lead to students being disconnected from each other or from the teacher.

Community for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

This post is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. It is necessary for teachers to nurture the development of a Community within their classrooms in order to facilitate personalized learning.

Community for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

This post is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. It is necessary for teachers to nurture the development of a Community within their classrooms in order to facilitate personalized learning.

Personalized learning in the context of a person, not a school

The Christensen Institute

Personalized learning is the current big buzz in education. Everyone is trying to figure out how best to personalize the learning experience for each and every child. What are her expectations and those of her family for her learning?

How Technology Unlocks Personalized Learning

Where Learning Clicks

In a geometry classroom in Northern California, Theek, a Laotian newcomer, has no problem applying abstract mathematical concepts to a real-world architecture assignment, but struggles with decoding the English language.

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. Our PL building leadership team collaborated on expectations and commitments, agreed on base model designs for PL in our classrooms, turn-key trained the core four, and started the process of developing a formal support structure for teachers transitioning to PL in their classrooms.

What Personalized Learning Is Not

Edsurge

“I really want to personalize learning for my students, but I just don’t see how it’s possible—there’s no way I can create individual lesson plans for all of my students everyday!”. “I I really like what you’ve shared with us today, but I can’t personalize my students’ learning because I don’t have enough devices for all of my students.”. These are just two of the statements I hear from teachers about the challenges of facilitating personalized learning.

Highlight, our personalized learning platform

Education Elements

Personalized Learning is coming to life in innovative classrooms across the country and Highlight is here to help. Personalized Learning Highlight PLP EdTech

Personalized Learning Is a Problem of Privilege

Edsurge

When I moved to the Silicon Valley in 2014, I, like many, joined the gold rush to pursue this idea called “personalized learning.” I truly believed that tech-powered personalized learning could be the answer education was waiting for. Perhaps the idea of personalized learning as a panacea is all of those things—or none of them. But I’ve come to learn that the label “personalized learning,” or whatever the next big thing is called, doesn’t matter.

Confidence for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

This post is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. When teachers help students develop the building block of Confidence , together they can build a foundation that supports personalized learning.

Confidence for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

This post is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. When teachers help students develop the building block of Confidence , together they can build a foundation that supports personalized learning.

How School Libraries Can Help Personalize Learning

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With personalization becoming a growing initiative in schools, the library is a valuable asset for personalizing instruction around student needs. Michelle and Jackie discussed how the library can personalize instruction through assessing, reading, learning, and making.

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.

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.

Choice for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

This post is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. The building block of Choice helps students to feel more personally connected to their learning.

Choice for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

This post is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. The building block of Choice helps students to feel more personally connected to their learning.

Personalized Learning Requires Flexibility: An Update to Education Elements’ Core 4

Education Elements

Personalized Learning core four ClassroomsWhen I was in high school I had a fantastic U.S. history teacher who demanded that we each complete an independent research paper on the 1960’s at the end of the year.

Personalized learning…is it all a matter of time?

The Christensen Institute

Sometimes I worry that the call to personalize learning is actually code for asking leaders and teachers to do more than they’ve ever been asked to do—but without additional resources to do it. This is especially true for traditional systems that may be aiming to adopt new approaches to teaching and learning but less willing to do away with legacy structures. In it, the fund’s leaders share actionable insights about the promise and pitfalls of personalized approaches.

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 ”.