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.

Collaboration for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

This post was written in collaboration with Douglas Konopelko. 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. Employers in the digital age are not looking at test scores; they want candidates with effective collaboration and teamwork skills.

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Collaboration for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

This post was written in collaboration with Doug Konopelko. 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. Employers in the digital age are not looking at test scores; they want candidates with effective collaboration and teamwork skills.

6 tips from personalized learning innovators leading change

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this year, the Rhode Island-based Highlander Institute and the Clayton Christensen Institute teamed up to bring together a conference on blended and personalized learning in Providence, R.I. The goal of the event was to focus on the practical elements of blended and personalized learning by surfacing the tactics that practitioners were deploying in the trenches. We found 105 minutes of planning and collaboration time by minimizing transitions between classes.

6 tips from personalized learning innovators leading change

eSchool News

Earlier this year, the Rhode Island-based Highlander Institute and the Clayton Christensen Institute teamed up to bring together a conference on blended and personalized learning in Providence, R.I. The goal of the event was to focus on the practical elements of blended and personalized learning by surfacing the tactics that practitioners were deploying in the trenches. We found 105 minutes of planning and collaboration time by minimizing transitions between classes.

10 Innovative Ideas To Provide Time for Professional Development and Collaborative Learning

The Innovative Educator

Finding time for teachers to meet and learn together is often very difficult, but a resourceful school team can utilize creative ideas that have worked well in other schools. Here are some ideas for providing time for educators to learn together. Personal Learning Network Professional Development Professional Learning Communities

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. It is also an effective pedagogical strategy to teach students the skills of critical thinking, giving and receiving feedback and taking responsibility for their own learning. Ask students to react to the feedback they receive One of the best ways to learn is to get feedback on your work.

Collaborative learning in a country without borders – Josane Batalha Sobreira da Silva, Brazil

Daily Edventures

Josane Batalha Sobreira da Silva is passionate about the benefits of collaborative learning. The school’s focus is divided into three areas: investment in software and hardware/equipment (such as electronic whiteboards and tablets); development of virtual learning environments; and, the most important, teacher training. Through collaborative learning,” she adds, “we sought to increase knowledge and expand social roles.

7 discoveries from an active learning classroom

eSchool News

There is a fair amount of research into the impact of classroom design on student learning. Spaces flooded with natural light that allow for a variety of learning methods and activities, and spaces that let students feel a sense of ownership over the classroom, demonstrably affect how well students learn. Through active learning, the teacher gradually releases control to the students, encouraging them to become independent learners. Learning is a community experience.

Stop pitting technology against quality, in-person time

The Christensen Institute

But even as she acknowledged toward the end that technology has a role to play, she missed spotlighting how technology can help us redesign schools to allow students to achieve what appears most important in her mind: the chance for students to have far more meaningful face-to-face interactions with teachers and peers—a counterintuitive yet important part of blended learning’s promise for many students.

Isolation vs Collaboration

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

improve incrementally, while educators who collaborate. The #PLearnChat (the Personalize Learning Chat) topic was Summer Book Study – Ch 1 & 2 , for Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey’s book How to Personalize Learning: A Practical Guide for Getting Started and Going Deeper. Teachers who collaborate, learn from each other. They will feed off of each other’s insights and enthusiasm and they will learn exponentially.

6 Ways Technology Can Reinvent Parent-Teacher Conferences

Edsurge

And it lacks the enthusiasm—as well as the desire to help kids own and engage in their learning—that defines us as innovative educators. With transformative digital changes happening in classrooms today, basic learning management systems now deliver the answers to most of those well worn questions on parent portals. Give parents resources that will help them support the process of learning and motivation. Understanding the school’s learning management system (LMS).

How Writing Can Help Close the Achievement Gap: An Interview with Turnitin’s Elijah Mayfield

Edsurge

Mayfield spent his grad school years studying natural language processing, computational linguistics, and machine learning. He also spent time consulting for high profile companies like CTB McGraw-Hill and College Board, which wanted to learn more about student writing. To me this misses a crucial early stage where you need to learn to express yourself, to put together a series of thoughts into a coherent explanation of your ideas to others.

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

Edsurge

Scott Benson NewSchools Venture Fund Twitter: @scottb_edu So their two organizations decided to work together, creating The Collaborative—a ten-month, intensive professional-development experience for ten school districts and charter school management organizations from across the country. The ten teams met once each in San Francisco, Austin, and New York City and also worked with Collaborative staff and consultants locally over the course of the 2016-17 school year.

How to Create a Vision

Edsurge

Get the right people in the room to start, and consider who will be involved over time This sounds simple, but spending time thinking about the type of team you want involved at the outset of your personalized learning vision-setting is critical. Creativity can flow from constraints; creating space for all to share what personalized learning means to them will bring new perspectives. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

How to Create a Vision

Edsurge

Get the right people in the room to start, and consider who will be involved over time This sounds simple, but spending time thinking about the type of team you want involved at the outset of your personalized learning vision-setting is critical. Creativity can flow from constraints; creating space for all to share what personalized learning means to them will bring new perspectives. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

A PLN Quick Start Guide

A Principal's Reflections

Image Credit [link] Most educators I talk to have no idea where to begin when attempting to create a PLN that meets their teaching and learning needs. tools and how they can be utilized for teaching and learning. Allows for the sharing of resources, discussion of best practices, and collaboration. Educators can join a variety of groups that cater to their individual learning interests and engage in discussions as well as submit, read, and comment on articles.

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Redesigning the Syllabus to Reflect the Learning Journey

Edsurge

Personalized learning is still in its infancy—as are the curricular tools and resources available to support teachers in implementing it. Currently, there is no shortage of articles offering a high-level look at how and why personalized learning will impact student growth, and conference sessions where teachers are encouraged to change the way they teach, but not given the tools to modify their instructional practices. How the Learning Journey Caught Fire.

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False frontiers

Learning with 'e's

Collaboration is where two or more people work together to achieve a common objective. In education, the common objective is usually to learn specific content, skills or competencies within defined areas. Ostensibly, learning is an individual goal, and each student does tend to learn in their own way, using their own favoured approaches and tools. We refer to this as personalised learning ( a video explains ). There is plenty to say about collaborative spaces.

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The Dual Channel Round Table

Inquire and Inspire

Ever noticed the connection between student engagement/achievement and the authenticity of the learning experience? Let’s agree for a moment that students are motivated to learn when they recognize the real-world significance of the content. How might the authenticity of the learning structure itself impact engagement and achievement? How can we modernize the learning experience by engage students in legitimate structures that are modeled on the real-world?

How an LMS can help teachers keep older students engaged

Neo LMS

So let’s explore how teachers can harness edtech resources, with a focus on school learning management systems, to maximize their limited time and supplies, while also delivering a more engaging, personalized experience for middle school students. Self-paced learning.

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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. We’ve put together a quick primer on what blended and hybrid learning strategies are and why they might have a place in your classroom.

How to build your global classroom in 4 steps

Neo LMS

We live in an age where global issues that affect us all are pushing us to collaborate and to understand different perspectives. Most importantly, true growth is about learning from people that don’t belong to the same culture as us — a truly eye-opening experience for students and teachers alike. A major advantage is building cross-cultural collaboration skills, which some argue is an essential 21st century skill. Fortunately, it’s now easier than ever to collaborate online.

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EdTech definitions every teacher should know: Part 2

Neo LMS

Last time I focused on more purely tech phrases, such as “artificial intelligence” and “machine learning”, today I will zero in on a few education-based phrases that are often conflated or interchanged leading to a lack of clarity. Deep Learning vs. Deep Learning. Last time I discussed machine learning vs. artificial intelligence; a phrase that has cropped up as an addition to those discussions and topics is “deep learning”. E-learning

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Installing Network Infrastructure for Mobile-First Learning

techlearning

Pre-K–12 schools and districts are shifting toward personalized learning through blended learning, project-based learning, design thinking, STEM/STEAM, and other inquiry-based learning models, whether or not they are 1:1. In fact, instructional strategies are shifting away from those that are teacher directed to more collaborative learning environments where students take responsibility for their own learning.

4 Ways to Enhance Human Interaction in Socially-Distanced Learning

Edsurge

Whether teaching remotely or in the classroom, consider making time—and providing the right types of hands-on tools—for collaboration, learning and growing. We're all striving to get back to at least some version of in-person learning.

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

4 Ways to Discover the Best Edtech

Digital Promise

Technology can bring about new learning opportunities, support student engagement, help create a collaborative learning environment, and provide necessary and immediate feedback, among other digital age skills. Networking and collaborating with colleagues are powerful avenues to use technology effectively. This cool factor often encourages students to follow their passions for learning or leads students to a more innovative environment.

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Vote for Digital Promise in the 2019 SXSW EDU PanelPicker!

Digital Promise

With that in mind, we invite you to help us tell our stories at SXSW EDU 2019 to spread the word on topics like learner variability, educator micro-credentials, immersive storytelling with 360° technology, maker learning, edtech pilots, data interoperability, and more. Hear how they are advocating for increased connectedness across regions so we can all learn together faster to transform education for all children. Keeping It Real: Experiential Learning at Scale.

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ISTE Launches ISTE U to Help Teachers, Leaders Build Digital Competencies

techlearning

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is beginning enrollment today for ISTE U , an online professional learning hub for teachers and leaders to build critical skills for teaching and learning in a digital world. What’s New: New Tools for Schools ] ISTE partnered with D2L to use the BrightSpace learning management system (LMS) to power ISTE U. Taking Mobile Learning to the Next Level. ?

What’s edtech got to do with growth mindset?

Neo LMS

It was the first week of fifth grade and I was so ready to learn History. Make learning a priority. which Dweck associates with a false growth mindset, won’t help them achieve their learning goals, at least not in the long run. It’s no longer what happens in the learning environment, but what happens when edtech comes into the mix and how we can enrich that environment. Read more: The PROs and CONs of competency-based learning. Challenge students to learn more.

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TEACHER VOICE: ‘As Covid-19 disproportionately affects Black communities, my students will analyze how difficult times can be a catalyst for societal change’

The Hechinger Report

In Chicago, where I teach, we recently learned that our first semester will be entirely virtual. I worry about hurdles my 12 th grade students may face as we return to remote learning. As all this mounts up, how will these factors impact their learning and grades?

Working in a group might be the best way to help kids meet individual goals, study says

The Hechinger Report

I visited many elementary and middle schools where students, with bulging headphones wrapped over their heads, stared at separate computers, each learning something different at the same moment. Others were jumping ahead to concepts that were grade levels ahead of what they would traditionally be learning. Along with this rise in high-tech individualized — or personalized learning as it often called — there has also been a backlash.

Why constructivist learning can’t always work in traditional classrooms

Neo LMS

Constructivist learning is an educational theory based on the psychological theories of Constructivist thinkers such as Jean Piaget. His theory — usually referred to as Developmental Stage Theory — described learning and cognitive development as “a progressive reorganization of mental processes resulting from biological maturation and environmental experience”. The progressive education movement has a number of hallmarks, these include: Learning by doing.

How we improved our blended-learning program

eSchool News

Access to unlimited new information has created seemingly contradictory qualities in today’s students—more self-reliant and independent, but with a preference toward collaborative learning environments and comfortable learning with other students. The case for blending and online learning. The district is constantly developing and improving our systems and structures for all students with the renewed focus on personalized learning for all students.