Differentiating with Personalized Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

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.

Why each student needs a personalized learning path

Neo LMS

The Yellow Brick Road is the perfect metaphor for each student’s learning path until they finish school. Why each student needs a personalized learning path. Learning has been on the lips of many educators across the world in recent years.

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The Technology Trap: Can You Personalize Learning Without Devices?

Education Elements

I hear educators across the country telling themselves the same lie: “I would love to personalize learning for students, but I can’t because I don’t have the technology.” Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education School Districts EdTech communicationsI was lying to myself and didn’t even realize it. After completing numerous 5K and 10K runs, I was considering taking my running to the next level by training for my first half marathon.

Taking personalized learning to scale

The Christensen Institute

As the call for personalized learning gains steam, we’re hearing more about how best to invest in systems that support schools that break the traditional mold. When reformers try to nurture innovation-friendly ecosystems they may think they are creating new education value networks; but more often than not, they are just supporting bold experiments within the existing value network of traditional education.

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.

What life before edtech can teach us about personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

In many circles, edtech and the future of learning have become synonymous. This is unsurprising given the enormous uptick in online courses and technology tools in K–12 schools nationwide, not to mention the promise that technology holds to dismantle barriers to access and experience that have plagued the education system for years. This question can refocus edtech enthusiasts on the right unit of innovation: instruction.

Defining personalized learning and blended learning: Is there a difference?

The Christensen Institute

Recently, more than a few education headlines have focused on the concerns surrounding the shaky meaning of personalized learning, oftentimes highlighting the anxieties posed by critics that personalized means the use of technology at the expense of student’s social-emotional development or that personalization is the agenda of Silicon Valley titans. Larry Cuban’s look at an array of personalized approaches demonstrates this tendency. Education Blog

7 Step Diet Plan and Personalized Learning

Education Elements

I lost 50 lbs in one year following this diet plan, utilizing this personalized learning framework I developed. It works for diets, but it also works for learning. Does this sound familiar for education? Personalized Learning Education Elements Education Elements Team EdTechI didn’t know where to start with my diet. I’d never done one before. So I spent a lot of time reading everything I could about diets.

4 Things I Learned in Spin Class About Personalized Learning (that’s right, spin class)

Education Elements

I am normally a fairly small person who likes to lift fairly big weights so this was a departure from my routine but I got talked into it and I went. And all the time that I was pumping my legs, going faster, and climbing higher I was also, incredibly, thinking about how many things many K-12 teachers could learn from my spin instructor. I recently went to a spin class.

Celebrating Digital Learning Day 2020: Personalized Learning Anytime, Anywhere

Where Learning Clicks

Digital Learning Day allows administrators, educators, and students the time to reflect on just how impactful and innovative digital learning is. The post Celebrating Digital Learning Day 2020: Personalized Learning Anytime, Anywhere appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

What Personalized Learning Is Not

Edsurge

“I really want to personalize learning for my students, but I just don’t see how it’s possible—there’s no way I can create individual lesson plans for all of my students everyday!”. “I I really like what you’ve shared with us today, but I can’t personalize my students’ learning because I don’t have enough devices for all of my students.”. These are just two of the statements I hear from teachers about the challenges of facilitating personalized learning.

A Back-to-School, Personalized Learning Toolkit

Edsurge

Growing up, I received what was largely a one-size-fits-all education; as a result, I struggled to connect academically to this model. Today, I’m amazed at the impact technology can have on the learning process—especially when it enables teachers to personalize learning. And I never tire of hearing stories from educators who are successfully implementing personalized approaches to provide their students a truly unique learning experience.

Five Types of Digital Content Data You Can Use in Personalized Learning Pathways

Education Elements

Data-driven decision making is a foundation of personalized learning. From the grouping of students, to strategic assignment of content, to keeping track of each student’s personalized learning paths, data is essential for making every decision along the way. Below are five of the most common types of content provider data and how to use them to drive your personalized learning classroom.

At Public Education Conference, Educators Share Fall-Outs on Personalized Learning, Privatization and Edtech

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Educators from around the U.S. gathered in Oakland this past weekend for the Network for Public Education ’s (NPE) national conference, where several sessions centered around a common theme: protecting public education amid an era of federal budget cuts and concerns over the increased presence of technology in classrooms. The speakers all pressed that digital learning, and in particular online charter schools, are falling short for students and teachers.

Personalized Learning Is a Problem of Privilege

Edsurge

Education is a dynamic space, with new trends constantly ebbing and flowing, the pendulum swinging back and forth between truly new innovations and recycled ideas. Experienced educators will recognize these patterns. When I moved to the Silicon Valley in 2014, I, like many, joined the gold rush to pursue this idea called “personalized learning.” I truly believed that tech-powered personalized learning could be the answer education was waiting for.

My article for the International Teacher Magazine: How can technology in the classroom make personalized learning easier?

EdTech4Beginners

It covers my experience of personalized learning. At first, I was running around the classroom, trying to support all the children’s individual learning needs. However, as I got to grips with educational technology, personalized learning got a whole lot easier. How do you personalize learning in the classroom? I recently wrote an article for the International Teacher Magazine.

Beyond Badges: Why Personalized Learning Advocates Need to Care about Blockchain

Doug Levin

Tom Vander Ark of Getting Smart has argued that “ parent-managed learner profiles ” will by key to both enabling and scaling personalization in education. As Tom envisions, these profiles would include all of the elements of traditional school transcripts, supplemented with richer, more nuanced, and actionable information about student learning attainment, achievement, and needs.

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 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.

5 ways to use makerspaces to support personalized learning

eSchool News

At this stage of the edtech revolution, most educators are focused on using tech to enhance lessons rather than on the tech itself. Albans City School in Vermont, SETDA’s 2018 Student Voices Award Winner, educators encourage the students to find places in their everyday work to incorporate digital resources, especially from their makerspace. Students use this time for school and personal projects where tech might not be required but could add value.

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. Competency-based education. Online and blended learning. Education Blog

One District’s Success with Personalized Learning

Where Learning Clicks

With 32 years of experience at the Burlington Area School District in Wisconsin, Assistant Superintendent Connie Zinnen has seen education revolutionize the term personalized learning. The post One District’s Success with Personalized Learning appeared first on Where Learning Clicks. EdTech

Innovative Ed-Tech Tools Should Bring Real Personalized Learning to Students

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Instead, creating effective personalized learning solutions is just the first step. To remain relevant and have impact on a large scale, classroom integration must retain a profound concern with how to empower schools and teachers to educate students of widely differing abilities. And that means navigating the debate between segmentation and collaboration that dominates secondary education today. Going Back to School to Learn About Blended Learning.

What’s the difference between blended and personalized learning?

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this month, after two exhilarating and exhausting days at the Blended and Personalized Learning Conference in Providence, R.I., which we cohosted with our partners at Highlander Institute and The Learning Accelerator), I boarded an evening flight back to D.C. Just after takeoff, a school principal from Virginia seated in the row just ahead of me poked his head through the seat to ask: “So, what’s the difference between blended and personalized learning?”.

How Will You Measure The Success Of Personalized Learning

Education Elements

Many educators know Clayton Christensen for his work on Disrupting Class. How we will measure the success of personalized learning? Personalized Learning School Districts Districts District LEaders EdTech MeasurementFewer may know his philosophical work, How Will You Measure Your Life ? I first encountered his ideas in an essay published in The Harvard Business Review in 2010.

6 risks to avoid when implementing personalized learning: Part 1

Education Elements

The Education Elements team has the great privilege of working with districts across the country to plan, design, and implement personalized learning. Personalized Learning School Districts Districts District LEaders EdTechWithout fail, one of the first questions district leadership teams ask us is, “What have other districts done that we should avoid?”.

The Importance of Jaggedness in Personalized Learning

edWeb.net

According to Learning in the 21st Century: the 2019 Digital Promise LVP Survey , 83% of teachers think students are capable of high achievement, but just 26% think students are reaching those levels today. As part of the Learner Variability Project, which “seek[s] to uncover strategies to meet learners where they are across varied contexts and needs,” Digital Promise’s team is examining the key factors for different grades and subject levels that impact student learning.

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.

[Guest Post] An Ancient Vision, a Brilliant New Future: Upcoming Ed Tech Trends in Personalized Learning

Education Elements

In the year 1762, a Genevan philosopher named Jean-Jacques Rousseau presented the world with his vision of education. Despite being burned, banned, and ridiculed, this vision – a book Rousseau titled Emile, or On Education, went on to become a pillar of today’s modern philosophies on teaching and learning. Personalized Learning Partners EdTech

Put on Your Cowboy Boots, You’re Going on a Personalized Learning Field Trip

Education Elements

Put on your cowboy boots, it's about to get personalized in Nashville, TN. After an inspirational tour of personalized learning hotspots in Music City, your friends at Education Elements have put together the ultimate PL day-trip. We hope the guide below helps you to decide where to go to see the variety of strategies and approaches schools are taking on the journey toward personalized learning.

Edtech Trends From 2020 And Beyond

Ask a Tech Teacher

So, in this article, I’m going to share my thoughts and experience about the technologies and solutions that reshape the educational industry and the way we learn in 2020 and beyond. 6 Edtech Trends to Keep an Eye On. Video-Based Learning. Educational and/or topic-based.

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COVID-19 Calls for Edtech Accountability

Digital Promise

At Digital Promise, we value educators’ work and expertise. Educators inspire us as they continue to serve students through online learning. We want to make it easier for educators to find the high quality content students need. Creating Edtech Accountability.

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Finding ‘Personalized Learning’ and Other Edtech Buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle

Edsurge

Education buzzwords come and go, just as the fads they sometimes represent. For a variety of reasons, the buzz phrases also come to take on new meanings that were never intended originally, which makes it hard for educators, entrepreneurs and researchers to communicate clearly and hone in on what exactly they are trying to do and why. Peak of Inflated Expectations: Personalized Learning. What is personalized learning? Deeper Learning.

Finding ‘personalized learning’ and other edtech buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle

The Christensen Institute

Education buzzwords come and go, just as the fads they sometimes represent. For a variety of reasons, the buzz phrases also come to take on new meanings that were never intended originally, which makes it hard for educators, entrepreneurs, and researchers to communicate clearly and hone in on what exactly they are trying to do and why. Peak of inflated expectations: personalized learning. What is personalized learning? Deeper learning.

K–12 Educators Emphasize Personalized Learning for Class of 2030

EdTech Magazine

K–12 Educators Emphasize Personalized Learning for Class of 2030. Members of the Class of 2030 are just starting their educational careers, and they'll graduate into a world that may look very different from the one we know today. Artificial intelligence, virtual reality, data analytics and other emerging technologies are expected to take on a big role in education. edtech.

Tool: The Personalized Learning Codebook

Edsurge

But after a year-long, data-driven, deep dive into how people understand and apply the learning approaches variously called personalized learning, individualized instruction and differentiation, we’re intimately familiar with Shakespeare’s conundrum. Educators have long worked to tailor learning experiences to students’ unique goals, needs and abilities. Which instructional and structural strategies do schools and districts use to support personalized learning?