Why personalized learning is hard to study

The Christensen Institute

This week saw the release of the third in a series of personalized learning studies conducted by the RAND Foundation. The research analyzed implementation, survey, and efficacy data in a sample of schools that are part of the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) portfolio, and compared that data to a national sample of schools. Advocates for and critics against personalized learning will inevitably interpret these findings in wildly different ways.

Personalizing Learning with Branching Google Forms

EdTechTeacher

The following article was published in the most recent edition of Digital Learning Magazine in my column, “The Tech Savvy Classroom with Shawn McCusker.”. Click here for a link to the complete article published in Digital Learning Magazine. Personalized learning creates a variety of challenges for teachers. Understanding the tools that can support the creation of a personalized path for each student is a key part of making it work.

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The messy reality of personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

In another room, children rotate through learning stations, sometimes at screens, sometimes putting pencils to paper. Danusis and her teaching staff practice personalized learning, an individual-comes-first approach, usually aided by laptops, that has become a reformist calling card in education. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. If every child had a computer or iPad, she could log into a customized cyberclassroom and learn at her own pace.

Personalized Learning and CBE: A Partnership and a Toolkit

Education Elements

When I’m on the road working with school districts across the country on everything from personalized learning to competency-based education (CBE), I often hear the same question: “Well how do other districts approach these issues?”. Thankfully, this year Education Elements partnered with Digital Promise , a national non-profit authorized by Congress, to document and share lessons learned on CBE from school districts across the country.

Connection for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

This post is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. By engaging in opportunities to make connections beyond the classroom to real-world learning activities and situations, students are better able to experience personalized learning. When students make these connections, the learning is more authentic, relevant, and in turn becomes more personalized to their individual perspectives and goals.

Creativity for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

This post is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. When teachers nurture the building block of Creativity for every student, they provide greater opportunities for personalized learning. Teachers should welcome the variety of innovations and ideas that are fostered when creativity is purposefully encouraged within the personalized learning environment. There are endless possibilities for learning with videos and photos.

Connection for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

This post is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. By engaging in opportunities to make connections beyond the classroom to real-world learning activities and situations, students are better able to experience personalized learning. When students make these connections, the learning is more authentic, relevant, and in turn becomes more personalized to their individual perspectives and goals.

Practical Applications to Individualize and Personalize Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Possibly one of the most important shifts needed in schools is to provide individualized and personalized learning experiences to students. Learning has fundamentally changed with the evolution of the Internet and other technologies that allow for ubiquitous access to information and knowledge. Image credit: [link] Infusing online learning opportunities should be a given in a digital world. Other documents, like periodic check-in forms, are also available on the site.

5 edtech tools that take personalized learning to the next level

eSchool News

An effective way to tackle the challenge of teaching core academics to all students across ability levels is to implement a personalized approach supported by a variety of carefully chosen digital resources. In our first year, we implemented personalized learning in our six middle schools.

Personalized Learning “Twister”: A Future of Learning Live Demo in Dallas

EdNews Daily

If you ask a dozen educators to define personalized learning, you’ll no doubt get some enthusiastic answers, and all twelve will probably be different. The new-school answer to the definition of personalized learning is markedly different. By Charles Sosnik.

Taking stock of 2017: What we learned about personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

One of the areas that has received the most attention in K-12 education, dominating headlines, conversations, and research, was personalized learning. Personalized learning remains a broad topic. But it often refers to innovative approaches to tailoring instruction to fit students’ individual needs and increase their autonomy over how, when, where, or what they learn. Online and blended learning. Michigan’s K-12 Virtual Learning Effectiveness Report ”.

If Personalized Learning Is Going to Work, Teacher Onboarding Must Improve. Here’s How.

Edsurge

In 2017, at the end of our third year of implementing personalized learning at Dallas ISD, our central personalized learning team conducted a series of stepback meetings with school leaders. We wanted to learn their biggest concerns around implementation, along with what was and wasn’t working for them. Personalized learning is a one-size-fits-one approach to instruction that taps into each student’s strengths, needs and interests to customize learning.

Personalized learning can be a tool for equity or a barrier to it

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. It can actually take more work to maintain high standards for all students in a personalized learning classroom.

Personalized Learning: Research Highlights Need for New Models

Digital Promise

In the first of a series of reports from Digital Promise Global, Making Learning Personal For All – The Growing Diversity in Today’s Classroom explores learner diversity and learning variability across a variety of factors impacting student performance. Today’s educational system rarely, if ever, takes into account the neurobiologically-based learning differences we see more and more in a typical classroom. To learn more, get your copy of the report.

It’s Time Teachers Reclaimed ‘Personalized Learning’ in the Name of Equity

Edsurge

Many believe that for learning to be personal, it must be individualized. What’s more, it strips students of their agency and autonomy and strips learning of curiosity and serendipity. At its extreme, this digitized brand of personalized learning is dehumanizing: It’s taking the humanity out of the human condition of learning, and it’s inadvertently taking the person out of personalization. Education Technology Personalized Learning

10 Ways to Personalize Learning for Students

The CoolCatTeacher

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. Here are a few features of Read&Write from TextHelp: Its text-to-speech tool reads web pages, emails, and documents out loud. It defines words and makes a personal word dictionary. If you want more advanced checks, Pro Writing Aid is free for documents of one thousand words or less.

What if personalized learning was less about me and more about us?

The Hechinger Report

The project typifies the mix of personalized and social learning that’s been a mainstay for 25 years at King, a founding member of a school network called EL Education. It sets these schools apart from a more recent wave of personalized learning, which is often dominated by technology and dogged by criticism that it isolates students from each other and from learning’s larger purpose. “We’re K-12 News Personalized Learning Social emotional

Where Can Districts Turn for Personalized Learning Resources?

EdTech Magazine

Where Can Districts Turn for Personalized Learning Resources? A new push for personalized learning has put competency-based education back on the map , however, with this new model of teaching to the individual, cost is becoming a major issue for school districts. For example, one of the most common technology proposals for personalized learning initiatives is one-to-one device programs. How to Use ESSA for Personalized Learning Integration.

Where Does Personalized Learning End and Special Education Begin?

Edsurge

I’ve committed to personalizing learning, but how can I do that for every student in my inclusion classroom when the range of abilities among them is so vast? IEPs are legal documents designed to include specific goals, objectives and strategies for how to modify instruction to meet each student’s needs. Personalized learning doesn’t seem that far off—but meeting the needs of every student in an inclusion class when some have IEPs and some do not can get hairy.

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

Edsurge

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. Her plan may change down the road, and that’s okay because PLPs are designed to be living documents that evolve with each student as their interests grow and change. Legislation Leads Change All students can learn; however, not all students learn in the same way or at the same pace.

Why the Best Personalized Learning Programs Start Way Before High School

Edsurge

At my district’s high schools, personalized learning is fairly easy to see. Sometimes elementary and middle school teachers come across as apologetic about how “little” they are doing in relation to personalized learning. Sometimes our elementary and middle school teachers come across as almost apologetic about how “little” they are doing in relation to personalized learning compared to their high school counterparts.

A new approach to personalized learning reveals 3 valuable teaching insights

The Christensen Institute

Personalized learning’s rationale has strong intuitive appeal: We can all remember feeling bored, confused, frustrated, or lost in school when our classes didn’t spark our interests or address our learning needs. For personalized learning to actually move the needle on improving student experiences and elevating student outcomes, the question of how schools and teachers personalize is just as important as why. Is it through online learning?

Can SEL Support Personalized Learning? How One Chicago School is Finding Out

Edsurge

This story is part of a series from EdSurge Research on how schools are redefining student success using MyWays , a framework created by Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC). Change has proven rewarding at CICS West Belden , a high-performing K-8 charter school in Chicago, which recently shifted to a personalized learning model. For CICS West Belden, the “next level” was shifting to a personalized learning model, moving students towards competency-based education.

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. The study highlights an ongoing conflict between personalized learning and the required annual tests that schools to give students. “You just can’t learn linear equations if you don’t know how to multiply.”

Personalized Learning for Teachers?  A Hybrid Model of Professional Development

EdTechTeam

They were noted for taking risks, trying something different, wanting to push the envelope on learning. If you’re a Physical Education teacher and want to learn more about how using a tool like Seesaw can help document evidence of growth, feel free to sit down at the table with a media specialist, a first-grade teacher and a high school English teacher. Taking what you learned and applying it? The post Personalized Learning for Teachers?

How Baltimore CPS Used Communications Strategies to Create Personalized Learning Buy-In

Edsurge

In the case of Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) , when the district began a huge leap to personalized learning, its leaders consciously began designing a communications strategy to bring together students, teachers and families. And what BCPS itself learned along the way was that to be truly helpful to other educators, sharing out that both the triumphs and the failures must be continual, authentic and transparent. This isn’t your alma mater’s old note home.

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

Edsurge

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.

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

Kleinspiration

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! Teachers Pay Teachers Items : tons of teachers have donated some of their best selling and most creative lessons, units, and activities from their personal stores! Thank you to each of my dear friends below that donated one of your personal products!

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.

Using Data To Deliver Real Personalized Learning with Kiddom

Fractus Learning

And in a small number of schools, equipped with the right tools, it is being used to deliver real personalized learning. This is the kind of real personalized learning that free online learning platform Kiddom is on a mission to put into every classroom. With a clean and thoughtful design, Kiddom defines itself as a data-informed instructional platform for teachers to curate personalized learning experiences for students.

What is the Missing Step in Your District’s Strategic Plan?

Education Elements

For many districts, they are the most expensive document created in a given year. Personalized Learning School Districts School LeadersAll districts have strategic plans. Getting to a final draft usually takes several months or more and requires the time of many staff and community members. There are committees, meetings, surveys, reviews, discussions and multiple rounds of revision.

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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? The document points out that the heavy emphasis on technology in the classroom not only makes students susceptible to brand marketing from technology companies, but it also socializes students to accept online surveillance as a normality. Researchers from the National the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) say, yes.

Post-Lesson Reflection: What Do Students Think They Learned?

Catlin Tucker

That way, they can use that data to design learning experiences that better meet the needs of their students. The post-lesson reflection is an opportunity for students to pause and assess what they think they have learned in a lesson or series of lessons. Below are strategies I have used to build a reflective practice into my lessons, so I can understand what students think they have learned during a lesson. Learning Log/Blog.

iTunes U and You

iTeach with iPads

We work diligently to create learning experiences in kindergarten that allow our young students to think deeply about various topics. Having iPads allows us to enrich learning experiences in a way that wasn’t possible before. All resources are in one place: books, documents, videos, images, web links and apps. iTunes U allows you to customize the learning experience for your students, even the youngest ones.

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Building a PBL Environment

EdTechTeacher

This article will be published in the next edition Digital Learning Magazine. Building a PBL Environment: 5 Tools to Support Project Based Learning and the Future of Work. The skills presented on the WEF list are best learned through experience. by Shawn McCusker.