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

Edsurge

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. That uncertainty is causing some educators—the ones with funding—to turn to high-priced consultants for answers.

5 edtech tools that take personalized learning to the next level

eSchool News

In the Putnam County (TN) School System— a rural school district with 23 schools spread across 400 miles—our personalized learning approach has allowed us to reshape education for students on a variety of fronts.

SMATH: How to Turn 2 Subjects Into 1 Super-Class

Edsurge

As educators, we always encourage our students to work together; we promise them two heads are better than one. Piedmont Elementary in Alabama, we decided to finally try it. Technology was also providing a surplus of real-time data we still weren’t sure how to best use. We’ve also come up with set routines that can carry over from week to week, for example daily computer-based math-centered activities. Brandi Todd has been an elementary teacher for sixteen years.

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

Digital Promise

Educational technology (edtech for short) can play a significant role in mitigating and solving this growing dilemma. An increasing amount of data around personalized educational models like "blended learning" and content-specific software suggests that edtech makes instruction in diverse classrooms more efficient. If the history of education has taught us anything, it is that education is a human process.

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A Word of Caution Before Hiring a Director of Personalized Learning

Edsurge

After five years of teaching, most recently as a technology teacher at an elementary school, I was recruited for a role outside of the classroom. Teachers met weekly in content teams to plan curriculum, and on data teams to surface trends in student performance and discuss their implication on instruction. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning StrategiesTaking a position with a title that includes a buzzword is risky—especially in a school.