Personalized learning and Common Core: Mortal enemies?

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Can students learn about what they like, at their own pace, and still pass standardized tests at the end of each year? It’s a dilemma facing a growing number of schools and districts that have jumped onto a new tech-fueled trend in education known as “personalized learning.”. The goal of personalized learning is to tailor lessons for individual students to help them master content on their own schedule, whether it’s faster or slower than their same-age peers.

Responding To Criticisms Of The Common Core

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Responding To Criticisms Of The Common Core. Ed note: Supporting “commonness” or standardization isn’t a part of our mission at TeachThought, but we are interested in giving equal voice to diverse voices across education.

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Prodigy Math Game: Game-Based Learning for the Common Core

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Game-based learning is a topic we have revisited numerous times on this blog. The implications it has on student engagement and learning cannot be overstated. If you have not already experimented with game-based learning with your class, make 2015 the year you do!

Betsy DeVos Touts Personalized Learning, Slams Common Core and Reform Efforts

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Yet where she sees “promise” are movements to improve education at the classroom level, particularly through instructional approaches now often referred to as “personalized learning.”. “We We need to allow for individualization and customization, and I think a lot of the tasks and trends around personalized and customized learning are really promising,” DeVos told the crowd. “I Department of Education, Common Core is dead.

Pearson CEO Fallon Talks Common Core, Rise of ‘Open’ Resources

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Pearson has been criticized for everything from its deployment of curriculum in districts’ 1-to-1 technology programs to the prominent role it plays in high-stakes testing. We’re very confident that our products are aligned to the common core.

Practical Applications to Individualize and Personalize Learning

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Possibly one of the most important shifts needed in schools is to provide individualized and personalized learning experiences to students. Image credit: [link] Infusing online learning opportunities should be a given in a digital world.

Connect to the Common Core with Resources Students Commonly Turn to For Learning

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If you know the Common Core Standards you know that “The need to conduct research and to produce and consume media is embedded into every aspect of today’s curriculum. social media in education Technology tools

Podcasting So Accessible, Even a ‘Technophobe’ Can Do It—and Teach It

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Together they shared their stories, found common ground and saw their preconceived notions about each other shattered. It was really easy to follow the menus and learn how to stop something, bracket some words, and then just press delete—and it was gone.

Pulling the Plug on a Personalized Learning Pilot

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Like all district administrators, Dr. Ayindé Rudolph, superintendent at Mountain View Whisman School District (MVWSD), wants to see students improve, be challenged and get excited about learning. Among the tools the district found was Teach to One: Math (TTO), a digital personalized learning program by New Classrooms , a New York-based nonprofit, that adapts to a student’s individual skills and gaps. This is a great opportunity for our district to learn, adapt and grow.”

BoomWriter Delivers a Free Common Core Aligned Personalized Literacy Tool

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BoomWriter is an award-winning educational technology resource that is free for teachers and allows their students to create, share, and even publish stories and other original content. BoomWriter’s interactive collaborative writing platform lets teachers deliver a fun and engaging personalized learning experience, while elementary, middle, and high school age students work online to develop their reading, writing, and peer assessment skills.

It’s New Year’s…Yeah, But…

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If we want to be innovators in education, we must be risk takers at the core. This is how things are done, it’s worked in the past, this is how they learned. Now, we know that technology is not the magic bullet, but it can be a great catalyst for a change. Happy New Year!!

This Toolkit Helps Take the Stress Out of State Testing

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Assessment For Learning. Read our blog to learn about our research, as well as approaches that help students get the most out of their online practice. Built specifically from state and Common Core education standards, Study Island has a fun and easy-to-use interface that’s proven to produce significant academic growth outcomes in math, ELA, science and social studies with just 30 minutes of practice a week.

Merit Prep Sets Student Goals One Playlist at a Time

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A freshman at Merit Preparatory Charter School in Newark, New Jersey, Onyemaobi has access to Spark , Matchbook Learning’s online information platform that uses data to help students and teachers track exactly what skills they need to master—and to set goals and find resources to help them get there. "It’s Despite their use of technology and personalized playlists, Merit Prep and Matchbook both emphasize blended learning environments in which teachers play the key role.

Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

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(From left to right) Sixth graders Mia DeMore, Maria DeAndrade, and Stephen Boulas make a number line in their math class at Walsh Middle School in Framingham, Massachusetts, one of 132 “Basecamp” schools piloting the Personalized Learning Platform created by the Summit charter school network.

Why a K-12 Operating System is the Next Step in the Evolution of Edtech

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Little did I know this experience would eventually propel me to help develop a school operating system that tackles technology issues plaguing educators and supports them with more opportunities to offer individualized instruction. To supplement in-person support offered during class and lunch periods, I published a simple Google site to house my lessons, assessments, and other resources. They bought a learning management system (LMS) and asked us to start using it.

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The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning

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We have proven the fact that all children can learn — and can learn well — under the right instructional circumstances,” said Kenneth W. They decided to “personalizelearning for every child, which means that they tailored lessons to each student’s needs, interests and learning pace. They gave each student access to technology that helps teachers customize their lessons. What is personalized learning? That’s where technology comes in.

The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!

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Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting many of my virtual friends face to face in San Diego at the International Society for Technology in Education Conference. Thank you to each of my dear friends below that donated one of your personal products! Day 5- What did I learn?

Four Ways You Can Use Data to Create a Personalized, Teacher-Driven PD Playbook

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Whether from formative and summative assessments or online instructional programs, data is both a powerful indicator of teaching and a driver for personalizing professional development. So, how can you start using data to provide personalized, teacher-centric PD? Let technology inform your approach to professional development. This very same approach can help you implement more personalized PD. I worked in the same school—doors down from my wife—for three years.

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Curriculum Design is Emotional Work—This Teacher Makes It Easier

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standards-based) school for at-risk youth, pre-packaged curriculum and assessments offered very little flexibility for personalization or modification. Plus, the available content was designed around how much time I’d spend teaching it versus what I actually needed to get students adept at learning the topic at hand. Khan Academy videos coupled with IXL exercises aligned to standards we were learning in class.

A Student Agency Game Plan—How to Use Data to Bridge Choice and Accountability

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Learning about things that fascinate them helps them pay closer attention, process more efficiently, and engage in critical thinking. The connection between what a student enjoys and what she needs to learn is actionable data—something the educational world has plenty of thanks to the proliferation of both testing and technology. Technology can help. Again, technology can make a difference.

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The 4-Letter Word You Need to Know—and How Teachers and Administrators Can Embrace Data Literacy

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This is especially important because teachers have so many other things to get adjusted to, learn, and frankly, worry about. After establishing principles, participants should learn about the practices that help them make instructional changes from data analysis. How else can data literacy help teachers support their students’ learning? Teachers also should communicate progress to students and families to foster learning and growth towards individual students’ goals.

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Can Personalized Learning Flourish Within A Traditional System?

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Can students learn about what they like, at their own pace, and still pass standardized tests at the end of each year? It’s a dilemma facing a growing number of schools and districts that have jumped onto a new tech-fueled trend in education known as “personalized learning.”. The goal of personalized learning is to tailor lessons for individual students to help them master content on their own schedule, whether it’s faster or slower than their same-age peers.

Help Teachers Truly See Their Students Through Usable, Connected Data

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One of many in a classroom packed with students, his learning struggles often went unnoticed. He muddled through with low grades and the assumption that learning was wearisome and trying. “I His own school experiences have since fueled his drive to support data-driven personalized learning in an effort to make today’s schools engaging, fun and free of “the stress and angst” many students feel. I believe very strongly in open-source technology.

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New Research Proves Game-Based Learning Works—Here's Why That Matters

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A great deal of initial research exists about blended learning techniques such as game-based learning, but adoption has stalled because of a lack of scalable, practical techniques that have also proven effective. Without proof of success, many school districts have opted not to adopt new technologies. student needs vary greatly from one classroom or school to the next,” says Kevin Connors, Director of Personalized Learning for Chicago Public Schools.

Happy Connected Educator Month

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I''m no longer bound by a rigid point system that only awards gold stars for following directions rather than thinking critically or failing miserably but learning immensely. Well, that comment added a few more friends in our PLN, personal learning network, to the conversation.

How to Weave Advisory into Academics — Plus 10 Resources for Teaching SEL

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This was a common refrain in advisory class. It was vital they graduated, but a diploma doesn’t guarantee students the social emotional learning (SEL) skills needed to be informed citizens and productive members of society. The head and the heart are connected, and our schools, curriculum, and education technology should reflect this. I can say with confidence my students didn’t learn anything in advisory in my first two years teaching it.

Learning technology once reserved for special needs students is now in everyone’s hands. Can teachers figure out how best to use it?

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“A lot of people worry that technology will take the place of the teacher, but I think it’s exactly the opposite,” said math teacher Kaswell. Kaswell’s class is known as the STEAM lab, for science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

School by Design Spins Off From Amplify to Form Independent Company

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The educational technology company Amplify is spinning off a service known as School by Design into a new, separate business that will provide schools with data and technical assistance focused on financial and instructional strategy. Another district used the software to redesign its middle schools with a renewed focus on “personalized learning,” said Joseph, who is leaving his post as head of strategic relations for Amazon education.

6 EdTech Resources and Strategies to Gain a Deeper Understanding of Students

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It is therefore essential to personalize instruction based upon learner differences if we are going to ensure that all students thrive in our schools. Students learn to set goals, self-assess, monitor their progress over time. You Need Data to Personalize Learning.

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

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Their changed view — and that of others who shunned Rogers and now want in — is driven by what seems to be a magic educational elixir: personalized learning. Philanthropists, state education officials, reform advocates — even charter school leaders — are examining personalized learning.

5 technologies that support differentiated learning

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It’s no secret that 21st century teachers and school administrators are under enormous pressure to differentiate instruction to enhance learning for all students, regardless of ability or their innate interest in the material. Enter classroom learning centers.

What Happens When Standardized Test Scores Don’t Reflect Student Growth?

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It is painful when all of the effort that teachers and students put into teaching and learning becomes summarized by standardized test results—especially when hard-working students that have demonstrated massive growth over the course of the year receive poor scores. Our school got a grant in 2016 to implement a personalized learning initiative. I showed kids their grades and ELA standards mastery scores, which I had tracked through bi-weekly Common Core-aligned quizzes.

How to sort the good from the bad in OER

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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 Tuesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. . Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning.

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How do we know what learning will look like in the future? We don’t

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SAN FRANCISCO — Erin Mote is a technologist and hands-on middle school principal with a strong belief in the power of personalized learning. Related: Betsy DeVos likens education technology to letting a thousand flowers bloom. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

Pillars of Digital Leadership Series: Professional Growth

A Principal's Reflections

However, the mounting pressure from ridiculous mandates as a result of the current education reform movement and massive budget cuts across the country, have made it a challenge to learn through traditional pathways. Now more than ever leaders need to take control of their learning.