Differentiating with Personalized Learning

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Personalized learning is the latest buzzword in an education environment bursting with new ideas but this one is impressive. In a sentence, personalized learning: “tailors instruction, expression of learning, and assessment to each student’s unique needs and preferences.” If you think it sounds like differentiated instruction, it does with this caveat: Personalized learning is student-directed, student-paced, and designed for each learner.

Citizenship for Personalized Learning

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This post, written in collaboration with Diana Ryan , is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. It is necessary to construct the building block of Citizenship within a classroom to better facilitate personalized learning. Teachers can purposefully help students understand the rights and responsibilities of a digital citizen. Qualities of Citizenship. Personalized learning requires the participation of every student.

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Citizenship for Personalized Learning

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This post, written in collaboration with Diana Ryan , is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. It is necessary to construct the building block of Citizenship within a classroom to better facilitate personalized learning. Teachers can purposefully help students understand the rights and responsibilities of a digital citizen. Qualities of Citizenship. Personalized learning requires the participation of every student.

Global Education Conference 2017 #globaled17

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We have this really cool system for people to schedule their own session times based on what’s good for them, where they are in the world. And I think really good global collaborations happen when you have a relationship with another person professionally. People felt like they were up close and personal with Howard and his son. Here, we provide an umbrella for these people and these organizations to network and to learn from each other.

5 Reasons Teachers Using Tech are Super Heroes with Kecia Ray

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If you don’t “get” why technology is important, or know people who don’t, take a listen to understand and learn about transformative practices that work in education. They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning. Idea #1: Use Formative Data to Improve Learning. Kecia: So, the first thing that make a teacher a superhero is the way they use data to improve learning and mastery for their students. Learn about AR and VR.

Learning Revolution Free PD - Michael Stephens Live Keynote - Follett Challenge - Digital Citizenship Week - K12 Online Starts

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update October 14th, 2014 In some cases we learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself. Lloyd Alexander The Learning Revolution Project holds online and physical learning events, and highlights professional development opportunities from a network of 200 partners in the learning professions. Digital Citizenship Week.

Framework: ISTE Standards, a Roadmap


According to the nonprofit: “It’s not about using digital tools to support outdated education strategies and models; it’s about tapping into technology’s potential to amplify human capacity for collaboration, creativity and communication. It’s about leveling the playing field and providing young people worldwide with equitable access to powerful learning opportunities.” The ISTE Standards provide a framework for creating or improving digital learning models and environments.

?3 Types of Summer PD That Won’t Sacrifice Your Vacation


After a Master’s degree, 120-plus credits, and 30 years in education, I now understand that whatever I do and wherever I go, I am happiest when I’m learning. And if I can find an opportunity that allows me to further my learning without sacrificing my summer vacation—or better yet, enhances it—you can bet I’m going to be the first to sign up. The nice thing about summer learning is choice. Personalized Learning Through Gaming. Digital Citizenship.

Stem Education in 2020

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For several years now, we observe a rapid growth of online and remote teaching, learning, and even practicing. She claims that the development of spatial skills in a pre-school has a further impact on the learning abilities of students in STEM disciplines. Personalized Learning. Shifting the focus of teachers from material to students as individuals can make personalized learning possible. Learning Resources. A growing focus of schools is STEM.

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ISTE Partners with D2L


The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has chosen D2L’s Brightspace as the Learning Management System (LMS) for ISTE U , which offers online courses on digital citizenship, computational thinking, artificial intelligence, personalized learning and more. More information about learning opportunities with ISTE can be found here: [link]. LMS News Digital Learning Ed Tech Ticker

8 EdTech Trends to Watch Out for This 2020

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From digital certificates to learning analytics, here are eight EdTech trends to look forward to in the coming months. Video-assisted Learning. Much like how social media giants Facebook and Twitter are utilizing our digital footprints to better understand consumer behavior, teachers are also turning to data analytics to learn more about their students. With more educational institutions adopting virtual learning management systems (such as Moodle, Edmodo, etc.),

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How to Plan for Hybrid Teaching and Learning

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As school districts continue to make and revise plans to open the 2020–2021 school year, many are considering adopting blended or hybrid learning-based schedules. There is widespread hope that some form of face-to-face interaction can be safely combined with remote learning.

Why Mastery Based Learning is a Good Option

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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. Assessments are competency-based and referenced to school learning criteria. Grades are to facilitate and improve learning, not judge students. Visible Learning and John Hattie.

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


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. ? Digital Citizenship in Action. ?

An Open Letter to Teachers About Online Classes

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This means learning online has become one of the most popular approaches to education. Whether you like it or not, this is the future of education, where people pursue learning without the need for a car, expensive gas, parking fees, campus-based meals, housing (if you live on campus), traffic delays, absent teachers, wait lists for full classes, inflexible time schedules, conflicts with personal schedules, and all those details that make attending college a juggling act.

20 Ways to Personalize Your Learning This Summer

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But the reality is also that we’re going to have to prepare for a fall that – whatever it looks like – will include an online learning component. Even if we go back to face-to-face learning, we will all have to be prepared to teach online, and the best way to do this is to first educate ourselves with research and pedagogy. Learning online will also help us become better teachers and now is the perfect time to take an online course. Blended learning is not new.

Look what’s new at Zapzapmath

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These free grade-level apps for iOS and Android are aimed directly at home use to support students who want to learn math at home with fun games, enticing videos, and the same clever interface they experience in school. By gamifying math in a way that wraps personalized learning with real grade-level tools, Zapzapmath helps students change the way they think about math from an activity that occurs within the walls of the schoolhouse to one that can happen anywhere.

8 Practical Ways to Use AI in Learning

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Every year, education finds new ways to make learning more inclusive and diversified. The latest change agent is Artificial Intelligence (AI), now being used in classes to focus learning, simplify redundant tasks, and infuse lesson plans. Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Kamy Anderson has eight practical ways to use AI in learning: Artificial intelligence (AI) is disrupting the education industry. After all, this is the age of digital content and interactive mediums.

9 Touch Typing Programmes for Schools

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This is not surprising as the US embraced Touch Typing as part of their educational system many years ago and is a mandated part of learning. Expert typing lessons to learn the 10-finger system. Personalized learning: video lessons, suitable games, activities. Smart goals that will adapt to learning speed and needs. Specialized versions to support people with learning disabilities. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

What Gartner’s Top Tech Trends for 2019 Mean for Education

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Augmented data analysis, blended digital tools and connected networks will reign among technology innovations in the coming year, according to IT analyst group Gartner’s top 10 tech trends of 2019. . The top ten digital technology trends are all about building the intelligent digital mesh,” says David W. Augmented Analytics: Teachers rely on data analysis to improve their relationship with students, especially as personalized learning programs become more widely adopted.

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Moodle: The Unsung Hero of LMS Options

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A Learning Management System (what is often called an LMS) has become foundational to blending technology into education experiences. Moodle got its start years ago as a method to organize blended learning and online classes. Now, it provides over 90 million educators, administrators, and learners in over 200 countries with a single robust, secure and integrated system to create personalized learning environments.

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Support English Learners with Micro-credentials from Digital Promise

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Digital devices, be they iPads, laptops, Chromebooks, Macs, or PCs, give students access to endless amounts of web-based resources for research, inquiry, collaboration, sharing, and more. It has become increasingly possible to personalize learning–adapt resources and assessments to student skills and needs and differentiate lessons that are pushed out to individual students or small groups ( read: Shifting my Teacher Mindset with Micro-credentials ). personalized.

Top Edtech Classroom Tools


And to help teachers navigate the plethora of materials for the digital classroom, Tanner Higgin, Director of Education Editorial Strategy at Common Sense Education, presented “ 50 Top Edtech Tools for the Classroom.” It makes math more accessible because students can make and learn from mistakes. DIY.org : According to Higgin, this is the best community in youth media and learning products. Any kid can go and learn how to make things, share what they make, and earn badges.

TOP TIPS for Classroom Management in the Digital Age


Classroom Management in the Digital Age: Effective Practices for Technology-Rich Learning Spaces (2016) by Heather Dowd and Patrick Green Cross-posted from Learning Light Bulbs by Nate Gildart Get your own copy of Classroom Management in the Digital Age! My personal thoughts are in italics. I post what we are “learning, doing, and homework” - a Visible Learning approach. However, sometimes it is the case that there needs to be a file-naming system.

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What Qualities Make an Effective Teacher?

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Some students learn differently. Gordon, a Nationally-recognized Teacher and in the Top Five in my school district, so abysmally failed to spark my love of learning. They are ready and willing to take the extra time and effort to make learning work for an individual student. It became routine for me to adapt lessons to Belop’s learning style and be there after school whenever his mother could get him to see me for extra help.

How to Build Lifelong Learners

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Renowned linguist, philosopher, historian, and scientist, Noam Chomsky says it this way: “ Education is really aimed at helping students get to the point where they can learn on their own. Rephrased, this defines education as not about academic success, learning the 3Rs or graduating top in the class. Felicity is one of my teacherly heroes because she got me rethinking what I learned in education classes and hoping there was a better way. More on Lifelong Learning.

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ISTE Wants to Be More Than Just a Conference. Learn How They Are Expanding.


ISTE has an amazing conference and we get incredibly positive feedback about it, and if we could somehow make that last 365 days a year, everybody would be happy,” says Joseph South, chief learning officer at ISTE, noting that his charge is to help lead the expansion. The group’s new ISTE U is a partnership with Dominican University, in California, and D2L, a learning management system provider.


A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models & Technology

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Learning Models, Theories, and Technology: A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers. Purpose: Improving our chance for a common language in discussing existing and emerging learning trends, model, and technology in hopes of innovation in classrooms, and collectively, education at large. Form: An index of learning models, theories, forms, terminology, technology, and research to help you keep up with the latest trends in 21st century learning. Activity-Based Learning.

6 Ways Technology Can Reinvent Parent-Teacher Conferences


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. Personalized Learning Through Gaming.

12 Rules Of Great Teaching

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Learning models, for example, are the new teaching strategy. ” Self-directed learning. Scenario-based learning. Project-based learning. Inquiry-based learning. Game-based learning. It may not always work out the way you want, but if you’re the only one in control, there will be a net loss of capacity for the ecology of learning you participate in and serve. In learning, curiosity is everything. The value systems of students.

What Separates a Good Blended Learning Program From a Bad One?


These days many schools tout blended learning programs when marketing their school to potential students. Blended learning can combine the flexibility of online instruction with the benefits of in-person teaching. But much like nutritional claims, such as “all-natural” and “healthy,” the term “blended learning” can mean just about anything depending on how you define it. The Good The best blended learning programs seem to have some common threads.

The Characteristics Of A Good School

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Mobile learning, digital citizenship, design thinking, collaboration, creativity, and on a larger scale, digital literacy (education not yet comfortable enough with these ideas to teach “just citizenship” or “just literacy”),1:1, and more are skills and content bits that every student would benefit from exposure to and mastery of. This, to me, seems to be a dated approach to learning that continues to hamper our attempts to innovate.

Part Three: Beyond SAMR… Making Sure Technology Supports Content Standards

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I especially appreciated the following quote, “On his blog, Gorman shares what he has learned with a focus on how tech enables project-based learning.” Learn more at the conference master classes page. It can also help educators determine what digital resources may work best to help support learning. Students will be able to research and record key facts involving the planets of the solar system. Relevant Nouns – planets, solar system.

What Machine Learning and Draymond Green Have To Do With Education


This year delivered nicely on that promise, with conversations that ricocheted from the latest advances in machine learning, augmented reality and self-driving cars, to Disney’s most complex theme park ever (now open in Shanghai) and investor Yuri Milner’s plans to seek out life in the neighboring star system of Alpha Centauri. And what – if anything – should be done to help technology make a positive impact on teaching and learning?

On building learning playlists


Before music went digital, some of us made CD or cassette mixtapes and shared them as gifts. With our ability to ethically curate content and unglue it from its containers, and a growing array of digital tools and open education resources, many of us are engaging in a creative new form of the remix. Learning playlists are a thing, and that thing is emerging as a subgenre of digital curation in a variety of flavors. Symbaloo Learning Paths.