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 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.

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Three Ways You Can Harness Personalized Learning to Promote a Growth Mindset

Edsurge

At Edmentum , we believe that growth mindset goes hand in hand with personalized learning, an increasingly popular approach that aims to put students in control of their own learning. This focus on individual students requires a high level of student autonomy and intrinsic motivation—which makes growth mindset a natural complement to personalized learning. We’ve put a lot of thought into how best to define personalized learning.

New study casts doubts on effectiveness of personalized learning program in New Jersey

The Hechinger Report

” It was an experiment in so-called “personalized learning,” where algorithms churned out customized lessons for each student. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. A classroom using the Teach to One math program. Photo: Nichole Dobo.

The Big 3's War Over EDU: A Comparison of Apple, Google, and Microsoft

techlearning

What's makes that perception of Microsoft fascinating is that there is a whole other segment of technology professionals who see Microsoft as being far behind. Apple had an event focused on education on March 27, and if anything it clarified Apple's place in the EDU market.

One Standardized Tests Provider Looks to Gaming and Personalized Learning to Innovate Exams

Edsurge

Aligning tests with the ways students learn in the classroom is one of Gorin’s goals. Her research team has been evaluating ways to consider aspects of personalized learning and gaming into their tests, a project she describes as difficult but necessary. Those opposed to high-stakes exams, however, note the limitations of such tools for accurately capturing learning. When we think about what accountability tests are used for, it is to make comparisons," she says. "It

LEAP Innovations, Leader in Personalized Learning, Reports Impressive Double-Digit Student Gains in Schools Using Lexia Reading Core5 as their Literacy Solution

techlearning

BOSTON (May 7, 2018)– Educational technology that adapts to meet the personal needs of individual students is in big demand in the pre-K-12 learning environment, with reading being a discipline where one technology-based adaptive literacy tool is driving better outcomes and learning experiences.

Why new technologies often don’t help students

The Christensen Institute

It’s easy to get caught up in the allure of new technologies. But the truth is, breakthrough innovations rarely come from the technologies themselves. Rather, they come from finding ways to use new technologies to rethink old patterns and processes.

Reading Is Visually Unnatural—Here's How to Help Students Who Struggle

Edsurge

The current technology is web-based, but his grandfather’s goal has survived the decades: increase students’ ease and comfort with reading—something that remains elusive to a shockingly large part of the population. EdSurge talked with Taylor about what makes reading a visually unnatural activity, why reading inefficiency isn’t a learning disability, and how early intervention can increase fluency and foster joy in reading. What part of this issue does your technology address?

How transparent is school data when parents can’t find it or understand it?

The Hechinger Report

When Mosi Zuberi learned that his 18-year-old son, Kaja, might not graduate from McClymonds High School in Oakland, he anguished over his parenting missteps, wondering where he had gone wrong. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning.

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Aim for individual mastery and the rest will follow

The Christensen Institute

As debates about ESEA reauthorization continue on the Hill, Congress is grappling with the question of how to square current accountability structures with emerging personalized learning models. In other words, personalization and accountability meet in the middle, creating challenges for policymakers when the two appear to be in conflict. Personalized learning is a means, not an end. Personalized learning is a process, not an outcome.

How two CEOs created a shared language for innovation

The Christensen Institute

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.

If I Could Get 1 Piece of Technology for My Classroom, It Would Be.

Kleinspiration

An Elementary Teacher''s Opinion Staples recently contacted me to see if I''d be interested in reviewing a few pieces of technology. Keep in mind as you''re reading this review that I am not a technology specialist. A Chromebook of Course! -

Why a High-Achieving District Keeps Tinkering With a School Model That Already Works

Edsurge

So in spring of 2014, when the district proposed implementing a 1:1 technology initiative that would help teachers and students transition to a personalized learning model, there was some resistance from families and the board rejected the proposal. This strategy was successful, but the road was bumpy and we learned a lot throughout the process. Members of the committee discovered pockets of excellence where technology was used creatively to engage students.

10 Technology Skills Every Educator Should Have

Educational Technology Guy

Overall, educators need to understand some basics about technology and that it is not a be-all-end-all solution to everything in a classroom. Technology can help teachers differentiate and provide new experiences for their students. This goes along with number 3 - self learning.

PLN or CoP?

Learning with 'e's

But it is about making connections for learning through the ''free'' tools we have at our disposal - social media. In the context of this post, PLN stands for Personal Learning Network , and CoP stands for Communities of Practice. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e''s.

K-12 Dealmaking: Frontline Buys Centris Group; Schoold Raises $4.5 Million

Marketplace K-12

In recent dealmaking news, K-12 software provider Frontline Technologies made its third acquisition this year while college planning startup Schoold secured $4.5 Frontline Acquires Centris Group: Frontline Technologies has acquired Centris Group , a provider of special education administrative software and professional development offerings. The 2015 list was based on a comparison of applicants’ sales growth from 2011 to 2014.).

What Actually Works in EdTech? with Tom Murray

The CoolCatTeacher

In this podcast, Tom shares the research and highlights, some of which are included in the book Learning Transformed that he co-authored with Eric Sheninger. I’ve included a comparison matrix with features to help you figure out what system is best for you.

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5 big ideas for education innovation in 2018

The Christensen Institute

Last year saw a flurry of activity in support of personalized learning, new school designs, and new approaches to K-12 education policy. These same supports seem to be implied when advocates of personalized learning call for tailored learning experiences and pathways that resemble those of high-touch tutoring models. What does learning science tell us about the best approaches? 2) Stop debating technology, start debating constructivism and behaviorism.

AI in the classroom: Are we there yet?

Neo LMS

We’ve described before the nuanced distinction between AI and machine learning : machine learning is a subset of AI and encompasses cutting-edge work primarily using neural networks to mimic how the brain computes, applied to the more superior capacity of computers, enabling them to learn.

Identity play

Learning with 'e's

This is the second post in my series of retrospective reviews on seminal books about learning and technology. I have scoured my personal book library in search of a dozen books that have influenced my own thinking, and share a synopsis of their contents with you.

Social Media Guide and Resources for Educators

Educational Technology Guy

Educators can learn, share, connect and more with educators from around the world. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy. Social Media is an incredible resource for education. They can collaborate and communicate with students, parents, and colleagues.

Why we should leave behind the cookie-cutter education

Neo LMS

Keeping the baking smell in your nose, don’t you think schools today put more emphasis on on the shape of each cookie / student, than on its taste / learning? So my comparison is somewhat invalid. This is learning. This is measurement of learning. E-learning K-12

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

The Playground Advocate

It''s an easy topic to approach (having to do with both personal experience and recent memory), it can easily fall into several organizational strategies (chronological, most to least, comparison), and it is universal (in that we all experienced "Summer" in one form or another).

Want to bridge ed and tech? Here are 4 partnership elements to consider

The Christensen Institute

“About 85 percent of education technology is poorly chosen or used,” said Bart Epstein, Jefferson Education Exchange president, in a recent article. The funding aims to help educators nationwide make informed decisions about education technology. Teaching practices guide the technology.

Social Media in Education Resources and Guides

Educational Technology Guy

Educators can learn, share, connect and more with educators from around the world. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy. Social Media is an incredible resource for education. They can collaborate and communicate with students, parents, and colleagues.

K–12 Leaders Get Creative to Make the Case for Network Upgrades

EdTech Magazine

MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out where K–12 schools can turn to secure funding for personalized learning programs. Educate Stakeholders About Cost Comparisons and Success Stories. Wylie Wong is a freelance journalist who specializes in business, technology and sports.

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Why Mastery Based Learning is a Good Option

Ask a Tech Teacher

An option several school districts I converse with are trying is called “mastery-based learning” — MBL. Learning is personalized, based on school standards. Student achievement is evaluated against school learning standards and performance expectations.

AI Is Everywhere. Now It Wants to Teach You Chinese.

Edsurge

based startup whose flagship products rely on AI technologies to help students learn one of the most difficult languages for non-native native speakers to master: Mandarin Chinese. Teachers and students need help and resources, which we are using AI technologies to provide.”

Microsoft’s Many EDU Updates—and a Window of Opportunity to Win K-12 Market Share

Edsurge

The company will unveil a slew of updates this week at the Bett Show 2018, a major education technology expo in London. Personalized Learning’ Upgrades Microsoft has also adopted the “personalized learning” slogan, as it described a series of new features to existing software as upgrades to its “personalized learning tools.” Education Technology

Educators on Artificial Intelligence: Here's the One Thing it Can't Do Well

Edsurge

Kasey Bell, a digital learning consultant and former Texas teacher, choose to go for the former: “AI [is] defined as machines with the ability or intelligence to complete tasks on their own and make intelligent decisions.” Take Kristopher Hupp, a director of technology and instructional innovation from a Pennsylvania district. Not so fast argues Chris Gosselin, a Digital Learning Coach at Sanborn Elementary School. Education Technology Surveys Research

How a school LMS goes beyond surface learning for students

Neo LMS

In other words, they don’t care about learning new things, they just care about getting a passing grade. These students see the course as a material to learn for the next exam. But this meant I had to work harder, because rote learning is not for everyone. E-learning Teachers

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The silver lining of Computer Science teacher shortages

The Christensen Institute

These days it seems that everyone wants to learn computer science. Over 90% of parents want their child to learn CS. In comparison, nearly 10,000 Math teachers graduated that year—and another 12,000 Science teachers). In my own experience, I know that as a short-term solution, teachers of other subjects are attending summer professional development workshops to learn the basics of teaching CS. Rethinking teaching and learning.

Why There’s Little Consistency in Defining Competency-Based Education

Edsurge

Enter competency-based learning (CBE), a term introduced in the 1970s when the U.S. One of the virtues of a CBE system is that we’re not going to tolerate a lack of mastery or gaps of learning,” says Julia Freeland Fisher, Director of Education at the Clayton Christensen Institute. A common refrain used to describe the CBE approach is: “Learning is the constant, and time is the variable.”. What role does technology play? Disruptive innovation.

Improving Schoolwide Behavior Through Gamification

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There also needs to be specific procedures and interventions to address negative behaviors or problems, with the understanding that students will make mistakes and it’s OK to fail and learn from what was done wrong, which is something games are designed to accommodate.