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Education Galaxy–Personalized Learning That’s Fun

Ask a Tech Teacher

New students, new parents, new rules at school–but there’s one more piece that shakes up my education ecosystem: new webtools. I recently previewed one I think you’ll like called Education Galaxy. It’s online assessment, practice, and instruction for K-6 students with a tagline: Curiously fun, amazingly effective, refreshingly affordable. We are very happy that we found Education Galaxy!” What makes Education Galaxy so Special?

What lessons does special education hold for personalized learning?

The Hechinger Report

On a shelf in her Chicago classroom, third grader Arianna has a thick binder that details her achievements, strengths and goals as a student, along with some revealing information about her personality. But Arianna and Alanni aren’t special education students.

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CoSN2020: Embracing a New Look for Personalized Learning

EdTech Magazine

Several years ago, some students in San Francisco Unified School District had the wrong idea about educational technology. That’s just one part of the district’s pilot program that combines personalized, technology-enhanced instruction with learning environment design.

Flexible Content & Tools: Part 3 - An Interview With an Elementary Educator

Education Elements

Personalized learning represents a shift in how we teach students, a reflection of our changing educational landscape, and an acknowledgement that the world we must prepare our students for is different than the one we grew up in. One of the biggest ways education has already changed is in the content and tools students engage with. Personalized Learning

What Lessons Does Special Education Hold for Improving Personalized Learning?

MindShift

This story about IEPs was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. But Arianna and Alanni aren’t special education students. Chicago has embraced personalized learning in a big way.

CoSN2020: Embracing a New Look for Personalized Learning

EdTech Magazine

Several years ago, some students in San Francisco Unified School District had the wrong idea about educational technology. They viewed technology as a “toy” or “free time,” Ben Klaus, principal of Jose Ortega Elementary, said during a virtual presentation at CoSN2020, the annual conference of the Consortium for School Networking. “It An early success: greater student engagement at the participating schools, Klaus said.

10 Popular Educational Trends and What You Need to Know

Waterford

The COVID-19 crisis is changing the educational landscape, often in unpredictable ways. We’ve rounded up 10 educational trends and issues you should keep an eye on and consider researching for your classroom. Blended Learning. Personalized Learning.

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

The Hechinger Report

In the weeks ahead, the girls would weave the interview and their own research into four individual narratives about Millones, one of several immigrants telling their stories at King, where nearly a quarter of the students were born overseas. 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. Related: Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

Personalized Learning, Teachers Unleashed, and a Learning Analytics Partnership: The Story of Fresno Unified

Edsurge

At last February’s Board meeting, 10-year old Ryan inspired the adults in the room to see how tech can be leveraged for learning in a whole new light. Ryan had this chance to shine because of Fresno’s Personalized Learning Initiative (PLI), which has been fostering student voice, choice and collaboration over the last two years. With 71,000 students, Fresno is the fourth largest district in California.

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. We know that our students are different, and to capitalize on their strengths, we provide opportunities for students to identify a focused path and to find success. Sometimes elementary and middle school teachers come across as apologetic about how “little” they are doing in relation to personalized learning. It focused on 20 indicators of student engagement.

When virtual class time is innovative, student engagement soars

eSchool News

It requires unconventional ideas, foresight, thoughtfulness, and dedication to student learning. And as the world becomes more connected, schools are making every attempt to help students develop the skills they’ll need to be a part of that interconnected world. FLVS is one of two Community Winners in the eSchool Media and Xirrus Innovate to Educate awards program , which recognizes the unique ways schools and districts are leveraging technology to improve student learning.

It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

As a practitioner I am always looking to learn how to better assist educators at all grade levels. Superintendent Scott Rocco provided me with a great opportunity to not only work with teachers in his district, but to also push me outside my comfort zone, which has always been secondary education. Our goal is the purposeful integration of technology to support or enhance learning. educational technology Learning Professional Development professional learning Spotswoo

Driving Change to Personalized Learning? Here’s How Three Leaders Have Done It

Edsurge

Moving towards personalized learning can be fraught with tension. Putting vision into practice Any school district knows, creating a vision for personalized learning is useless if you do not provide staff the steps to actually get there. Therefore, Marlboro set out to provide a roadmap for educators to understand how each element of their vision works in practice. Creating teacher buy-in for personalized learning Change management can be a lonely process.

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.

Different Definitions of Personalized Learning Conflict, Cause Confusion

MindShift

One teacher, many students: It’s basically the definition of school as we know it, going back to the earliest days of the Republic. “We couldn’t afford to have an individual teacher for every student, so we developed a way of teaching large groups,” as John Pane, an education researcher at the RAND Corporation, puts it. “In a personalized system,” he says, “students are receiving instruction exactly at the point where they need it.”

Student seeks to create the ‘Netflix of online learning’

The Hechinger Report

She was also curious how students were faring in other schools. “I I remember thinking that the school systems must have a great list of recommended online learning,” she said. Everyone’s a different learner,” said Joffe, “and that’s often overlooked in online learning.”.

Project-based learning gets its moment during the coronavirus

The Hechinger Report

Shelby County Public Schools, a district serving about 7,000 students halfway between Louisville and Lexington, has had state approval for “nontraditional instruction” for several years. Their experience with remote learning helped when schools closed because of the coronavirus.

Try SplashLearn for Summer Learning and Fall Success

The CoolCatTeacher

Personalize learning and make it fun for students. In this post, I’ll share how parents can use SplashLearn this summer and why educators should prepare now to set up their free SplashLearn account for the fall. Splash Summer Camp Courses for Student Success.

‘Self-directed learning’ skills are key to making remote instruction work

The Hechinger Report

While some students thrived during the coronavirus-inspired spring of remote learning, educators, parents and students themselves have reported frighteningly low engagement. And the drop in motivation by age mirrors the way student engagement plummets over time.

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TEACHER VOICE: One teacher’s advice to help students not just survive, but thrive in remote learning

The Hechinger Report

I love my students and, boy, do I miss them. Teaching remotely over a computer is just not the same as seeing them in person. I think it is important during this challenging time to keep my students moving, to stay connected by phone and online and to communicate with families.

A video game makes math and English classes a full-body experience

The Hechinger Report

Kids here are learning critical math and English skills through an online platform, called Kinems. The whole-body engagement is especially important to her students, nearly all of whom are in special education.

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Four Classroom-Ready Tips to Boost Reading Engagement and Drive Learning

Edsurge

Rather, it follows from nurturing a love of reading and closing the reading engagement gap—the discrepancy between how students engage with modern digital content and how they engage with traditional texts in school. Studies show that for students to remain engaged, they need texts that reflect their personal experiences. Students need to have a reason to read beyond just understanding the main idea. What leads to reading success?

Lessons from a virtual school exemplar

The Hechinger Report

Kaye Rogers’ phone began to ring and her inbox filled with questions about virtual learning before Texas schools shut down because of the coronavirus. The difference that sets us apart is about our bottom line of students first and … building those relationships, being available to kids.”.

Want Easier Principal Walkthroughs? Try Virtual Classroom Walkthroughs

Edthena

During Covid-19, it might not be possible to go in person. Education researchers Laureen Cervone Avery and Patricia Martinez-Miller (2007) describe classroom walkthroughs as a tool that should “drive a cycle of continuous improvement by focusing on the effects of instruction.”

California’s Beaumont Unified School District Selects Discovery Education to Support STEM Teaching and Learning in District Elementary School

techlearning

- Discovery Education´s Digital Resources and Comprehensive Professional Development System to Create Authentic STEM Teaching and Learning Environments for Elementary Students- Silver Spring, Md. Beaumont USD’s Local Control and Accountability Plan outlines the district’s commitment to creating viable 21st-century learning environments for all students and optimum learning and working environments for educators.

The overlooked power of Zuckerberg-backed learning program lies offline

The Hechinger Report

Students at Rhodes Junior High in Mesa, Arizona, spend a portion of their school day working on laptops. Summit Learning’s personalized learning program is a key part of the school’s improvement efforts. But Logan’s feelings about online learning are common.

How to unlock students’ internal drive for learning

The Hechinger Report

When Destiny Reyes started elementary school, she felt highly motivated. Like most young children, she liked learning new things, and she excelled at school. But there, among Providence’s brightest, it wasn’t as easy to be at the top of the class, and her excitement about school – and learning – subsided. Destiny, 18, is like most students in the United States. One of the key components of engagement is students’ excitement about what they learn.

Will the students who didn’t show up for online class this spring go missing forever?

The Hechinger Report

Monica Williams remembers the late May day she and first grade teacher Lizette Gutierrez reconnected with the four young siblings from Cable Elementary. No teachers from the San Antonio elementary had heard from the children since schools closed abruptly in March due to the pandemic.

Universal Skills for Learners: Increasing School Relevancy

User Generated Education

Kids are learning – but for way too many it occurs outside of the school environment rather than during school. We are asking today’s students to spend so much of their school lives doing tasks that are unconnected to the the skills that need now and in their future lives.

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Why educators are moving away from the Station Rotation model

The Christensen Institute

The Station Rotation has consistently reigned as the most popular blended-learning model implemented by elementary schools. Of the 235 active elementary schools currently profiled in the BLU school directory , 136, or 58 percent, of them have a Station Rotation program. Although still early, this data provides a trend line worth following as blended and personalized learning continue to evolve. The Station Rotation may fail to promote student agency.

Don’t Let Your Projects Die When Grant Funding Runs Out

Edsurge

Many teachers across the country are working tirelessly to personalize learning for their students. At Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District, which serves students in one of the fastest-growing regions of Alaska, we use grant funding to support a number of initiatives. Over the years, we’ve learned some tough lessons. Our district has had the most experience learning about grants that support instructional tools and new jobs.

Seeking asylum in a time of Covid

The Hechinger Report

In January, Rosa Bermudez brought home a colorful worksheet from Stansbury Elementary School, meant to guide her “power plan” for a safe, healthy relationship to technology. Here, it’s necessary to learn English,” Rosa said in Spanish.

21 Top Professional Development Topics For Teachers Now

The CoolCatTeacher

This summer, educators need to get some rest so that we can be our best. However, our professional accreditation requirements are still on track and need to be renewed, as we have to learn and up our abilities for the fall. Social-Emotional Learning. We have to relate to educate.

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Using Micro-credentials for Personalized Professional Development

Digital Promise

The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) is an educational service agency in rural southeastern Kentucky that serves 22 school districts, 134 schools, over 3,000 teachers, and more than 50,000 students. We believe that by working together, we can face the educational challenges that students, educators, and our community experience every day. This network helps us organize and maximize resources to advance student outcomes.

Reimagining Student Supports in a Year of Distance Instruction

Digital Promise

Still, teachers are tirelessly putting in their best effort to make distance learning work for their students. We are grateful for the educators’ generosity in sharing their experiences and offering a firsthand glimpse into their strategies to meet these demanding times.