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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.

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.

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The secret element in blended learning

The Christensen Institute

Yet the most powerful and important element in blended learning doesn’t have a touch screen, fancy graphics, or artificial intelligence; it isn’t built by engineers or computer scientists; and you can’t buy it online. The most important element in blended learning is one that’s been in classrooms for centuries. That element is teachers. Information communications technology – 0.47. Technology with elementary students – 0.44. Education Blog

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. Based on meetings with the Blended Learning Team, I developed our Microcredential Hub , a professional development site that allows all of our teachers to gain recognition as they learn about personalized learning, edtech programs and other related skills. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

(National) Education Politics. “To Understand Betsy DeVos ’s Educational Views, View Her Education,” says The New York Times. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “A Task Force With Falwell Is Happening, White House Says.” ” Via Buzzfeed : “The Education Department Quietly Invited Anti-LGBT Groups To A Father’s Day Event.” State and Local) Education Politics. ” Immigration and Education.