How to Successfully Personalize Learning in Secondary Schools

Education Elements

Last year, a group of educators sat down with engineers from a well-known technology company. The ability to learn and grow in an ever-changing world is what defines the very best candidates. Personalized Learning ClassroomsThe first question the educators asked was what the engineers look for in potential candidates. Adaptability was their immediate response.

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.

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Privacy push must not prevent personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

Education technology, however, is shifting what’s possible–and the benefits for students and teachers could be tremendous, so long as recent attempts to protect student privacy–itself an important goal–don’t get in the way. Using online learning, assessment and data analysis, we can more precisely pinpoint what students know and where they are still struggling at the moment they are struggling. We can then use that information to drive better learning.

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. In a personalized learning environment, teachers can help students discover what individual roles they can successfully assume when collaborating with others.

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. In a personalized learning environment, teachers can help students discover what individual roles they can successfully assume when collaborating with others.

Can federal grants drive personalized learning?

The Christensen Institute

For example, earlier this week, Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) re-introduced the Investing in Innovation in Education Act, which would award money for classroom technology investments, among other things. Although federal innovation grants are not new to the education field, they could be a potent driver of moving personalized learning forward. We are frequently asked, “How much does it cost to implement blended learning?”

Why ‘Personalized Learning’ Can Feel So Impersonal

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Why does personalized learning, ironically, feel so impersonal? Personalized learning, in its broadest application, suggests tailoring instruction to meet the needs, strengths and interests of each learner. Great teachers already do that everyday—with or without technology. Yet there is clearly a gap between how educators and entrepreneurs perceive “personalized learning” and many other technology-infused terms in education.

What life before edtech can teach us about personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

In many circles, edtech and the future of learning have become synonymous. This is unsurprising given the enormous uptick in online courses and technology tools in K–12 schools nationwide, not to mention the promise that technology holds to dismantle barriers to access and experience that have plagued the education system for years. But still not satisfied, Fauteux wanted to push the model even further so that students could have greater control over their learning.

10 Ways to Personalize Learning for Students

The CoolCatTeacher

No, I’m not talking about cheating, I’m talking about understanding the technology tools that can help you earn a better grade. Learn to Voice Type. However, you do have to learn how to speak your punctuation. This “Swiss Army knife” artificial intelligence learning assistant can do so much. It defines words and makes a personal word dictionary. Learn to Screencast. Your smartphone should be your personal secretary.

Why Are We Still Personalizing Learning If It’s Not Personal?

Edsurge

It makes perfect sense why there is a push for personalized learning in our schools. As an ideal, personalized learning aims to provide instructional experiences tailored to each learner’s preferences and interests, and at a pace appropriate to their needs. But despite our good intentions, personalized learning in practice often falls short of those ideals. And that’s due to a number of misconceptions that persist around personalization.

At Public Education Conference, Educators Share Fall-Outs on Personalized Learning, Privatization and Edtech

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gathered in Oakland this past weekend for the Network for Public Education ’s (NPE) national conference, where several sessions centered around a common theme: protecting public education amid an era of federal budget cuts and concerns over the increased presence of technology in classrooms. The speakers all pressed that digital learning, and in particular online charter schools, are falling short for students and teachers. Educators from around the U.S.

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.”

Here’s What Happens When Every Student Gets a Personalized Learning Plan

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She has since altered her personalized learning plan (PLP) to include the courses and experiences she’ll need to pursue a career in architectural engineering. Legislation Leads Change All students can learn; however, not all students learn in the same way or at the same pace. Acknowledging this fact has driven the recent shift toward personalization in education. Central to the initiative is the idea that learning is not restricted to the classroom.

Personalized learning and sound curriculum—two sides of the same coin

The Christensen Institute

Two weeks ago, Education Next published a blog post I wrote about the need to focus demand and funding for open educational resources (OER) on facilitating personalized learning. Fordham Institute’s Flypaper blog (which Education Next then reposted on its blog) arguing that “[a]dvocates of OER and personalized learning … tend to underestimate the breadth of knowledge necessary for true comprehension,” thereby leaving students with “a narrow and haphazard base of knowledge.”

Million-Dollar Advice: The High Cost and Limited Return on Personalized Learning Consulting

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Follow education technology-reform projects, and you’ll find mixed academic outcomes and expensive consultants. In July of 2015, the district paid more than $400,000 for alignment, strategy and professional services from Education Elements, a for-profit personalized learning consultant, according to receipts obtained by EdSurge from the district. million to the firm for personalized-learning consulting services.

The End of the Promise of Personalized Learning?

EdNews Daily

Here’s the thing: schools profile students as a core function to cause learning, and they definitely promote their service and not only their own lesson-plan products, but those of thousands of publishers. Thousands of applications used by schools right now have innate function that tests and sorts students (profiling) and then uses the same sort of algorithms that advertising systems do to auto-recommend paths of learning, content, and intersection with teachers.

When personalized learning includes skateboarding: One suburban district’s dramatic transformation

The Hechinger Report

A $10 million prize from the national nonprofit XQ Super School Project is already overhauling Vista High, encouraging more cross-disciplinary, independent projects; enhanced access to technology; and close attention to social and emotional skills. The idea they came up with two years ago, called the “personalized-learning academy,” or PLA, eventually formed the basis for the school’s winning XQ-grant application, and will be the model for the curriculum that Vista rolls out this fall.

The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning

MindShift

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 Makings (and Misgivings) of a Statewide Effort to Personalize Learning in Massachusetts

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In Massachusetts, an emerging partnership between private funders and the state department of education aims to help teachers across the Commonwealth learn, share and spread best practices when it comes to leveraging new instructional models and technologies. LearnLaunch Institute , the Massachusetts Personalized Learning Edtech Consortium (MAPLE) functions as a professional learning community for 32 district members that aim to implement personalized learning.

AI and Personalized Learning That Goes Beyond Tech: The Latest Camelback Ventures Cohort

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Participants in the venture’s fourth cohort did come together in person on Thursday, though, to present their work at a theater in Oakland. Meanwhile, the schools that shared their ideas focused on student-centered learning and models that honor the differences in students and “think about personalized learning beyond just technology.” Employers on the platform, meanwhile, get to learn about the potential of their current employees.

Edtech Executives Weigh In: Three Conditions for Personalized Learning Success

Edsurge

Personalized learning is a way to engage learners in a customized set of resources, tasks, and environments in order to meet their learning needs and goals. In many schools, there are certain classrooms or teams with pockets of success, yet successful school-wide adoption of a personalized learning model is elusive. Often, in order to have success, a personalized learning platform is required. Education Technology Movers and Shakers Community

Different Definitions of Personalized Learning Conflict, Cause Confusion

MindShift

Pane is among a wave of education watchers getting excited by the idea that technology may finally offer a solution to the historic constraints of one-to-many teaching. Personalized learning is the No. So what is personalized learning, exactly? Learn what you want.

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

The Hechinger Report

(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. Some passionately believe that it can and must, while skeptics fear that personalized-learning hype has outpaced research into if and, importantly, how it helps students.

How Small School Districts Are Making Personalized Learning A Reality

MindShift

Dillon, now the district’s superintendent (and still its elementary school principal) just wrapped up the first year of a personalized learning program that gives students in all grades an iPad and the ability to master work at their own pace. More than half of the learners — 58 percent — in the 270-student elementary school are involved in summer learning programs; about 20 percent of kids at the combined middle/high school are continuing to study in the summer. “I

How Education Elements Guides Districts in Creating Environments that Personalize Learning

Edsurge

There are organizations that support different kinds of transformation in schools and after researching and interviewing some of these organizations, we've learned a great deal about what these changes can look like, how schools go about redesigning aspects of their model, and what types of support they need along the way. In October, we will share a guide highlighting the trends, insights and challenges we've learned about while profiling five key players in the world of school redesign.

10+ Ways to Recharge Your Batteries Over the Summer

Teacher Reboot Camp

“A key to growing as an educator is to keep company mainly with educators who uplift You, whose presence inspire You and whose dedication drives You.” Now you need to take time for yourself and go on some learning adventures of your own!

How Mastery Design Collaborative Helps Schools Redesign their Models to Personalize Learning

Edsurge

There are organizations that support different kinds of transformation in schools and after researching and interviewing some of these organizations, we've learned a great deal about what these changes can look like, how schools go about redesigning aspects of their model, and what types of support they need along the way. In October, we will share a guide highlighting the trends, insights and challenges we've learned about while profiling five key players in the world of school redesign.

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. I''ve organized the gifts into three categories : Autographed Books : a few of my friends who are authors have generously donated a signed copy of their book - I personally have a copy of these and simply love each book! Thank you to each of my dear friends below that donated one of your personal products!

The 4 Issues AltSchool Needs to Figure Out to Scale Its ‘Personalized Learning’ Platform

Edsurge

Nothing short of “creating the world’s best education and providing personalized learning for all,” he tells EdSurge. Vodicka’s new position is part of AltSchool’s mission to bring its personalized learning platform across the country. The long-term goal, Vodicka explains, is to make the technology accessible to all children “regardless of the school they attend.” We’re not a typical edtech company,” he explains. “We

In the marketplace: Measuring student progress, new digital solutions, personalized learning, and more

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Tech-savvy educators know they must stay on top of the myriad changes and trends in education to learn how teaching and learning can best benefit from technology’s near-constant change. Check below for the latest marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends in education. Skyward has launched Qmlativ Education Management System, the next evolution of the company’s SIS and ERP technology.

6 Things Policy Makers Should Do to Protect Student Data in the Era of Personalized Learning

Edsurge

Is the rush to bring personalized software into schools putting student data at risk? Technologies are being harnessed to amplify corporate marketing and profit-making, extending the reach of commercializing activities into every aspect of students’ school lives. Hold schools, districts, and companies with access to student data accountable for violations of student privacy. Education Technology Data Privacy Policy

We Need to Humanize Education More Than We Need to Personalize Learning

Edsurge

I’ve co-founded both a charter school and an education technology company, and I provide consulting and coaching support to schools and leaders related to personalized learning. In any given week, I’m actively engaged in trying to deepen my own knowledge, support the growth of others’ knowledge and internalize a wide range of diverse perspectives on how we can best serve children via more personalized learning.

This Former Athlete Shoots for 100% in His Classroom and His Company: An Interview with Otus' Chris Hull

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Otus , which he describes as a student performance platform—a learning management system that also spans classroom management, curriculum, and assessment. Hull and fellow teacher, Pete Helfers, started to develop Otus with cofounder Andy Bluhm after establishing a 1:1 computing program and noticing how much time teachers had to spend on technology, instead of teaching. She was this person who had brought a curriculum to the entire state of Illinois. Chris Hull is a busy guy.

3 Ways a Company Can Personalize Its Support for Teachers

Edsurge

Education is awash with efforts to personalize learning. But what does it mean for a company to personalize its support for the teachers who use its product? School leader, Jordan Silvestri and Kiddom representative, Melissa Giroux, describe what it takes for an edtech company to deliver the kind of personalized experience to its customers that teachers give to their students. Learn More About Kiddom Academy For Schools: Apply to Kiddom's Pilot program.

Celebrating Adult Literacy and Technology

Digital Promise

We believe technology can play an important role in adult education and family literacy by providing, at a minimum, anytime, anywhere access. It also has potential to help personalize learning for adult learners. In our work over the last two years, we’ve been heartened by the efforts we see around technology and adult education. More programs looking to adopt technology. More research on effectiveness of technology.